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A Renaissance Scientist - Evangelista Torricelli CAS Evangelista Torricelli was born on 0ctober 15 1608 in Faezna Romagna Now Italy He grew up in a poor family and his parents were Gaspare Torricelli and Caterina Angetti Gaspare was a textile worker Evangelista was the oldest of three children At a young age his parents noticed his incredible talents and knowing they didnt have the money to give him a good education they sent him to his uncle who was a Camaldolese monk Evangelistas uncle Brother Jacopo made sure he got a good education until he was old enough to go to Jesuit school Evangelista got into a Jesuit school in 1624 and studied mathematics and philosophy there until 1626 Brother Jacopo arranged for Evangelista to study with Benedetto Castelli who was a monk that taught at the University of Sapienza in Rome As well as being taught mathematics mechanics hydraulics and astronomy by Castelli Torricelli became his secretary and held this post from 1626 to 1632 It was an arrangement which meant that he worked for Castelli in exchange for the tuition he received It was clear from his letter that Torricelli was fascinated by astronomy and was a strong supporter of Galileo He was one of Evangelistas idols There is still a letter in existence today that he wrote to him By 1641 Evangelista had completed much of the work which he was to publish in three parts as Opera geometrica in 1644 In April 1641 Castelli traveled from Rome to Venice and on the way stopped in Arcetri to give Galileo a copy of Evangelistas manuscript and ask that he give him a job as an assistant Galileo wanted Evangelistas assistance At this time Evangelistas mother died so he held off on the trip to Galileos for a little
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