(? 1230 -? 1314)
Friar, theologian and scientist: a physicist, natural philosopher, mathematician
Originally from Silesia, probably of modest family, he began his studies in Paris before reaching Padua in 1260. In Padua, he was among the first foreigners to attend the newly revamped university. He followed courses in canon law in the years 1262-68. He then moved to the papal court of Viterbo.
Between 1269 and 1274 he wrote a treatise on optics, known as Perspectiva, which became widely known in Europe and was considered fundamental for the study of optics for several centuries in particular Johannes Kepler.
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