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Figure 1: Giovanni Domenico Cassini We’ve been taking a break from hard-hitting mechanical engineering and materials science blogs with some pieces on the Italian masters of science, mathematics and engineering in the 16-19th centuries. In previous blogs, I explored the lives and contributions of mathematician/physicist Evangelista Torricelli and physicist/engineer Giovanni Venturi. For this blog, I'm focusing on Giovanni Domenico Cassini (Figure 1), a structural engineer and astronomer extraordinaire in the late 17th century. Cassini started small, studying astrology (not astronomy!) early on in his career, but his fascination with the actual scientific properties [...]
Figure 1: Giovanni Battista Venturi [i] Glew's News is doing a short series highlighting the lives and accomplishments of the Italian Masters of science, engineering, and mathematics. In the last blog, I wrote about Evangelista Torricelli, a mathematician and physicist from the 17th century. In this blog, I'm focusing on Giovanni Venturi (Figure 1), an accomplished physicist, hydrodynamicist and engineer. Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746-1822) Giovanni Venturi was born to a wealthy family in Reggio, Italy in 1746. A talented young student, by the age of 23 the local seminary had [...]
Figure 1: Evangelista Torricelli Most people are familiar with the works of the “Italian Masters”… artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. But Italy has a storied history of masters of other fields, especially mathematics, science and engineering. In this blog series, we’ll take a look at a few of the influential renaissance men from The Boot who helped advance the fields of physics, chemistry, electricity, geometry, and more. These are the multi-talented renaissance men who tackled so many of the problems that now form the backbone of modern science, engineering, [...]
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