Lodovico Ferrari

Lodovico de Ferrari
Born 2 February 1522 (1522-02-02)
Bologna, Italy
Died 5 October 1565(1565-10-05) (aged 43)
Bologna, Italy
Nationality Italian
Fields mathematics
Known for quartic equations
Influences Gerolamo Cardano

Lodovico de Ferrari (2 February 1522 5 October 1565) was an Italian mathematician.

Born in Bologna, Italy, Lodovico's grandfather, Bartholomew de Ferrari, was forced out of Milan to Bologna. Lodovico settled in Bologna, Italy and he began his career as the servant of Gerolamo Cardano. He was extremely bright, so Cardano started teaching him mathematics. Ferrari aided Cardano on his solutions for quadratic equations and cubic equations, and was mainly responsible for the solution of quartic equations that Cardano published. While still in his teens, Ferrari was able to obtain a prestigious teaching post after Cardano resigned from it and recommended him. Ferrari eventually retired young (only 42) and quite rich. He then moved back to his home town of Bologna where he lived with his widowed sister Maddalena to take up a professorship of mathematics at the University of Bologna in 1565. Shortly thereafter, he died of white arsenic poisoning, according to a legend - because of his sisters.[1]


  1. Alan Shuchat; Simon Gindikin. Tales of Mathematicians and Physicists. Springer; 2007. ISBN 978-0-387-48811-0. p. 18.

Further reading

Jayawardene, S. A. (1970–80). "Ferrari, Ludovico". Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 4. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 586–8. ISBN 978-0-684-10114-9. 

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