— Girolamo Cardano Italian Renaissance mathematician, physician, astrologer 1501 - 1576

The Book of My Life (1930)

Контексте: My father, in my earliest childhood, taught me the rudiments of arithmetic, and about that time made me acquainted with the arcana; whence he had come by this learning I know not. This was about my ninth year. Shortly after, he instructed me in the elements of the astronomy of Arabia, meanwhile trying to instill in me some system of theory for memorizing, for I had been poorly endowed with the ability to remember. After I was twelve years old he taught me the first six books of Euclid, but in such a manner that he expended no effort on such parts as I was able to understand by myself.

This is the knowledge I was able to acquire and learn without any elementary schooling...<!--Ch. 34