Cardano's Cosmos: The Worlds and Works of a Renaissance Astrologer

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Girolamo Cardano was an Italian doctor, natural philosopher, and mathematician who became a best-selling author in Renaissance Europe. He was also a leading astrologer of his day, whose predictions won him access to some of the most powerful people in sixteenth-century Europe. In Cardano's Cosmos, Anthony Grafton invites readers to follow this astrologer's extraordinary career and explore the art and discipline of astrology in the hands of a brilliant practitioner.

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Overview

Girolamo Cardano was an Italian doctor, natural philosopher, and mathematician who became a best-selling author in Renaissance Europe. He was also a leading astrologer of his day, whose predictions won him access to some of the most powerful people in sixteenth-century Europe. In Cardano's Cosmos, Anthony Grafton invites readers to follow this astrologer's extraordinary career and explore the art and discipline of astrology in the hands of a brilliant practitioner.

Renaissance astrologers predicted everything from the course of the future of humankind to the risks of a single investment, or even the weather. They analyzed the bodies and characters of countless clients, from rulers to criminals, and enjoyed widespread respect and patronage. This book traces Cardano's contentious career from his first astrological pamphlet through his rise to high-level consulting and his remarkable autobiographical works. Delving into astrological principles and practices, Grafton shows how Cardano and his contemporaries adapted the ancient art for publication and marketing in a new era of print media and changing science. He maps the context of market and human forces that shaped Cardano's practices—and the maneuvering that kept him at the top of a world rife with patronage, politics, and vengeful rivals.

Cardano's astrology, argues Grafton, was a profoundly empirical and highly influential art, one that was integral to the attempts of sixteenth-century scholars to understand their universe and themselves.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An ambitious young man from Milan, lifesaving physician, traveler, mathematician, scholar of antiquity, 16th-century academic superstar and victim of the Inquisition, Girolamo Cardano embodied in one life much of what makes the Italian Renaissance fascinating to modern readers. The polymathic and resourceful Grafton (The Footnote), a Renaissance historian at Princeton, places Cardano's life and works at the center of a detailed investigation of Renaissance astrologers, their work, their beliefs, their clients and their impact. Grafton aims "to do justice to both the rationalism and the irrationality of Renaissance astrology," addressing "both its ancient sources and its modern [that is, 16th-century] social role." Seers across Europe pegged 1524 as the date for a second Noah's Flood, causing fears, then jokes, as the date approached. Famous predictors were asked for political counsel--and put themselves in danger by giving it. Cardano's early book of horoscopes made him a celebrity; his arguments with his critics illuminate the everyday impact of the Protestant Reformation. His voluminous writings, Grafton explains, "combined wide astrological interests with obsessively detailed self-revelation." Explaining how European readers regarded astrology and its rival arts, Grafton also relates the often ferociously personal intellectual battles that were fought. A writer of superb perspective and clarity, Grafton aims both at other historians and at lay readers. The latter will have to wade through some abstruse detail but will likely find the varied, informative, sometimes bizarre journey more than worth the effort. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Featuring the life of Girolamo Cardano, a Renaissance Italian mathematician, physician, and astrologer, this book is an in-depth history of Western astrology by way of biography. By detailing the social and political circles in which Cardano traveled, Grafton (history, Princeton Univ.; The Footnote) investigates astrology's influence on 16th-century medical and political thought. As a prominent physician, Cardano often treated patients with a mix of medicine and astrology, insisting he could read a given patient's future and infer the nature of his condition based on physical observation and astrological charts. This makes for fascinating reading. Well researched and scholarly (an extensive bibliography is included), this work will be an excellent addition to academic libraries.--Marija Sanderling, Rochester P.L., NH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Alastair Fowler
Grafton's ambitious book aims to estimate the place of astrology in Renaissance society and perhaps to modify its place in our own....Cardano's Cosmos is readable and interesting...
Times Literary Supplement
John Bossy
In rescuing Cardano from the Inquisition, and by his other scholarly achievements, Grafton has earned the right to our trust and admiration.
London Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674095557
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 The Master of Time 1
2 The Astrologer's Practice 22
3 The Prognosticator 38
4 The Astrologer 56
5 Becoming an Author 71
6 Astrologers in Collision 91
7 The Astrologer as Political Counselor 109
8 Classical Astrology Restored 127
9 Rival Disciplines Explored 156
10 Cardano on Cardano 178
11 The Astrologer as Empiricist 199
Notes 205
Bibliography 261
Index 281
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