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The quantum astrologer's handbook

Author: Michael Brooks
Publisher: Brunswick, Victoria, Australia : Scribe Publications, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A book of science like no other, about a scientist like no other. This is a landmark in science writing. It resurrects from the vaults of neglect the polymath Jerome Cardano, a Milanese of the sixteenth century. Who is he? A gambler and blasphemer, inventor and chancer, plagued by demons and anxieties, astrologer to kings, emperors, and popes. This stubborn and unworldly man was the son of a lawyer and a brothel  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Miscellanea
Named Person: Girolamo Cardano; Girolamo Cardano
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Brooks
ISBN: 9781925322408 1925322408 9781911344407 1911344404 9781911344520 1911344528
OCLC Number: 991883377
Awards: Long-listed for Australian Book Design Awards, Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover 2018 (Australia)
Description: 248 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Michael Brooks.

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"A book of science like no other, about a scientist like no other. This is a landmark in science writing. It resurrects from the vaults of neglect the polymath Jerome Cardano, a Milanese of the sixteenth century. Who is he? A gambler and blasphemer, inventor and chancer, plagued by demons and anxieties, astrologer to kings, emperors, and popes. This stubborn and unworldly man was the son of a lawyer and a brothel keeper, but also a gifted physician and the unacknowledged discoverer of the mathematical foundations of quantum physics. That is the argument of this charming and intoxicatingly clever book, which is truly original in its style, and in the manner of the modernists embodies in its very form its theories about the world. The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook is a science book with the panache of a novel. It is a work of and about genius."--Jacket.

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`The premise of Michael Brooks's book linking Cardano and quantum physics is bonkers but curiously effective.' * New Statesman * `This unconventional biography reads like a playful, postmodern novel Read more...

 
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