Morbid Maths

An ink card left-profile portrait of Cardano. Around the portrait is an oval circle with the following text, "Hieronymus Cardanus Mediolanensis Medicnae doctor aetatis LXXI" Underneath there is more text stating, " Carduus hic pupugit fubtilen voce Magiftrum: Ex Herbis nomen das Benedictus erit"
Line engraving of Girolamo Cardano by K. Ammon, 1652. Image credit: public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Girolamo Cardano, Living Fully, and Predicting Death

Did you know that Girolamo Cardano (sometimes known as Jerome Cardan) predicted the date of his own death… by killing himself?

A color landscape photograph of Ted Kaczynski as a student with a facade of a white building behind him.
Ted Kaczynski in 1968 as an Assistant Professor.
Image credit: George Bergman, GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Unabomber: A Dark Tale in the History of Mathematics

Did you know that gifted American mathematician Ted Kacynski led a double life as a domestic terrorist?

An ink print bust portrait of Hippasus facing forward. He has long hair, a beard, and a moustache, and is wearing a robe. There is a scroll at the bottom with the following text "Hippasus Metapontinus Pythagoricus "
Imaginary engraving of the philosopher Hippasus of Metapontumby Girolamo Olgiati 1580. Image credit: public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Hippasus and Irrational Numbers

Did you know a mathematician was believed to have died because of “noodle”? 

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