# Mathematician:Scipione del Ferro

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## Mathematician

Italian mathematician.

First one to come up with a solution to the general cubic equation, which was later published by Cardano and is now known as Cardano's Formula.

Contributed towards the rationalization of fractions.

## Nationality

Italian

## History

- Born: 6 Feb 1465, Bologna, Italy
- Died: 5 Nov 1526, Bologna, Italy

## Theorems

- Cardano's Formula, possibly also Ferrari's Method. It is difficult to be certain exactly who these early results originated with.

## Publications

- A famous notebook, which appears unfortunately not to have survived.

## Also known as

Also reported by some sources as **Scipio del Ferro**.

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Scipione del Ferro": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 1971: Allan Clark:
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*Galois Theory*(3rd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Historical Introduction: Polynomial Equations - 2008: Ian Stewart:
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