|A major tarmac delay in from a previous trip|
This trip that I am beginning is an AMAZING opportunity! However, to say I'm looking forward to countless hours sitting on a plane would be a lie. And to say I'm not nervous about this trip would also be a lie. I am a shy, introverted person who appreciates above all else the comforts of home; I also tend a bit towards anxiety. (And some of you reading this are chuckling right now because you know that to say I tend a "bit" towards anxiety is like saying the ocean is a "bit" wet!) BUT, I am so passionate about the history of mathematics and about the particular mathematicians that I am studying that there is no way I would not have jumped at the chance to do what I am doing!
introductory post that Cardano and Dee had met in London (1552). That meeting actually happened as Cardano was on his way back home to Pavia from Scotland - an even further destination. As the second most renowned physician of his day (behind Vesalius), Cardano was asked by Archbishop of St. Andrews, John Hamilton, to come and treat him. Cardano left Italy on February 23, 1552 and arrived in Scotland on June 29, 1552 - a journey of just over 4 months! He did have a bit of a "layover" in Paris . . . but still, in comparison to the somewhat less than 24 hours it will take me to cover the 6250 miles from home to Rome, the FOUR MONTHS it took Cardano to cover the 1500 miles from home to Edinburgh is quite the journey and kind of puts mine in perspective.
On the other hand, I won't have servants along attending me . . . hmm . . .
It isn't known where Napier studied on the Continent. It may have been as nearby as the Low Countries, or further on to Paris or Geneva (most likely), or perhaps even as far away as Italy. But one thing is certain, his travels would have been neither brief nor comfortable!