I was born in Pavia, Italy, September 24, 1501. My mother had
attempted to abort me shortly before my illegitimate birth in the public outhouse.
plague, left my three elder siblings to die. In 1525, I
repeatedly applied to the College of Physicians in Milan, but was
not allowed due to my reputation as an eccentric,
confrontational loner, with bad odor, and illegitimate birth.
by being an accomplished gambler. Around 1560 I wrote a book
about occult superstitions and effective cheating methods, as
well as a section on imaginary numbers, although I didn’t
understand their properties. My eldest and favorite son
was executed in 1560 after he confessed to poisoning his wife.
My other son was a gambler, who stole money from me, so I cropped his ears. I myself
was accused of heresy in 1570 because I had computed and
published the horoscope of Jesus in 1554. My own son
was awarded the position of official torturer for the
inquisition, for his contribution to my prosecution. I received a lifetime annuity from Pope Gregory
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