**Cardan, Jerome**, Italian physician and mathematician, born at Pavia;
was far-famed as a physician; studied and wrote on all manner of known
subjects, made discoveries in algebra, believed in astrology, left a
candid account of himself entitled “De Vita Propria”; was the author of
“Cardan's Formula” a formula for the solution of cubic equations; he is
said to have starved himself to death so as to fulfil a prophecy he had
made as to the term of his life (1501-1576).

Definition taken from
*The Nuttall Encyclopædia*,
edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)