Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia

1499 - 1557

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Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia (Italian: [nikkoˈlɔ ffonˈtaːna tarˈtaʎʎa]; 1499/1500 – 13 December 1557) was an Italian mathematician, engineer (designing fortifications), a surveyor (of topography, seeking the best means of defense or offense) and a bookkeeper from the then-Republic of Venice (now part of Italy). He published many books, including the first Italian translations of Archimedes and Euclid, and an acclaimed compilation of mathematics. Tartaglia was the first to apply mathematics to the investigation of the paths of cannonballs, known as ballistics, in his Nova Scientia (A New Science, 1537); his work was later partially validated and partially superseded by Galileo's studies on falling bodies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia has received more than 160,312 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia is the 52nd most popular mathematician (down from 50th in 2019), the 409th most popular biography from Italy (down from 364th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Italian Mathematician.

Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia is most famous for his work on solving the cubic equation.

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Among mathematicians, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia ranks 52 out of 828Before him are Sofia Kovalevskaya, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Norbert Wiener, Sophie Germain, and Brahmagupta. After him are Simon Stevin, Philolaus, Ludolph van Ceulen, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Marin Mersenne, and Karl Weierstrass.

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Among people born in 1499, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia ranks 5Before him are Mary Boleyn, Pope Pius IV, Diane de Poitiers, and Claude of France. After him are Giulio Romano, Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset, Bernardino de Sahagún, Claude Garamond, Peter of Alcantara, Mirza Muhammad Haidar Dughlat, and Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. Among people deceased in 1557, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia ranks 3Before him are Jacques Cartier and Anne of Cleves. After him are Pontormo, John III of Portugal, Bona Sforza, Olaus Magnus, Mikael Agricola, Sebastian Cabot, Lautaro, Emperor Go-Nara, and Giovanni Francesco Straparola.

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Among people born in Italy, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia ranks 409 out of 4,088Before him are Pope Eutychian (300), Vittore Carpaccio (1465), Pope John XIX (975), Elena Ferrante (1943), Pope Sylvester III (1000), and Giuliano de' Medici (1453). After him are Pope Martin I (590), John Cabot (1450), Lentulus Batiatus (-200), Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857), Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (1751), and Sofonisba Anguissola (1535).


Among mathematicians born in Italy, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia ranks 8Before him are Fibonacci (1170), Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736), Gerolamo Cardano (1501), Luca Pacioli (1445), Archytas (-428), and Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718). After him are Philolaus (-470), Giuseppe Peano (1858), Bonaventura Cavalieri (1598), Lodovico Ferrari (1522), Giambattista della Porta (1535), and Scipione del Ferro (1465).