Gerolamo Cardano

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Gerolamo Cardano was born in Pavia, Italy back in 1501 to Fazio and Chiara. His mother had tried to abort him by taking several types of medication. After a depressing childhood by his overbearing father, in 1520, he entered the University of Pavia to study philosophy and science. In 1525, he graduated with a doctorate in medicine.

Due to his upbringing, he had an eccentric and confrontational style, which preceded him, making it difficult for him to find work. With the help of a few noblemen he obtained a teaching position in mathematics in Milan. He simultaneously practiced medicine and taught mathematics. He must have been good, because he turned down offers from the kings of Denmark and France, and the Queen of Scotland. From what I’ve read he was also an accomplished gambler. He wrote the (Book on Games of Chance) in 1564. It was the first systematic treatment of probability.

What you may not know about Gerolamo is that he invented the combination lock, the gimbal or gyroscope which is a device used for measuring or maintaining orientation and angular velocity.

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Some days we all could use a gimbal in our lives.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 25, 2019 03:50 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - and it makes you wonder what else he might have achieved if he had been not so confrontational in his approach.  Or maybe that was why he succeeded in the way he did.  

May 25, 2019 05:10 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well he sure did have a inventive mind.

May 25, 2019 05:11 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Gerolama had a very inquisitive and analytical mind. Wow! Enjoy your day.

May 25, 2019 05:42 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. The combination lock.....that is something I can't even imagine thinking about.

May 25, 2019 06:12 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad that his Mother was not successful in aborting him, such a wonderful man that we would have missed out on.

May 25, 2019 06:28 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Well, you made me smile with this post and the invention...and I made many smile today, it is Satuday Smiles after all.  A

May 25, 2019 07:51 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Those are all technologies that I use every day however I don’t know how they work James Dray 

May 25, 2019 08:16 AM #8
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Ahhhh...combination locks...the "be thankful for" of real estate in earlier days.

May 25, 2019 08:47 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - another Italian who contributed to the age of exploration.

May 25, 2019 12:41 PM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - He added much to our world in his lifetime. 

May 25, 2019 12:49 PM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Wow, talk about someone way ahead of their time. Just imagine what he could do now.

May 25, 2019 02:11 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- despite his beginnings, look at all he accomplished!!!

May 25, 2019 02:43 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

He was an extremely accomplished individual. Just think how much more he might have done had he worked better with other people. 

May 25, 2019 02:48 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I have a hard time comprehending that the combo lockbox has been around for centuries:) Wow pretty interesting historical trivia, Endre

May 25, 2019 11:22 PM #15
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