Tommaso Campanella

Tommaso Campanella, an Italian Dominican priest and philosopher, was born Sep. 5, 1568. Tommaso was one of a long line of brilliant and original philosophers to come out of Calabria, the toe of the boot of Italy…

Freddie Mercury

It is the day after Labor Day, the end of summer, and we need a change of pace, without neglecting our scientific theme. So today we celebrate Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock group Queen, who was born Sep. 5, 1946. …

Vincenzo Viviani

Vincenzo Viviani, an Italian mathematician, was born Apr. 5, 1622. When just a lad of 16, Viviani greatly impressed Ferdinando II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, with his mathematical talent. In consequence, Viviani received a stipend from the Duke and an…

Federico Cesi

Federico Cesi, an Italian nobleman and patron, was born Mar. 13, 1585. In 1603, when he was only 18 years old, Cesi formed an academy devoted to the study of nature, and he called it the Accademia dei Lincei, the Academy of the Lynxes, because of the animal’s...