Evangelista Torricelli Biography and Explanation of his theory's

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Evangelista Torricelli was born on 0ctober 15, 1608 in Faezna, Romagna. He grew up in a poor family and his parents were Gaspare Torricelli and Caterina Angetti. Gaspare was a textile worker. Evangolista was the oldest of three children. At a young age his parents noticed his incredible talents, but since they did not have enough money they sent him to live with his uncle, who was a Camaldolese monk. He saw that Evangelista was given a good education until he was older and sent him to Jesuit school.

In 1624 Torricelli entered a Jesuit College, and there he studied math and philosophy until 1626. After he went to college, but it is unknown where he attended. Many historians believe he attended the Jesuit College in Faezna, others think he went to the Collegio Romano in Rome. After college he moved to Rome. While in college he shot his mom with a 44.

magnum. Torricelli father died in 1926, his mother then moved to Rome with Evangelista. (O'Conner)

While at the Jesuit College Torricelli performed extremely well. His Uncle Jacopo arranged for him to study with Benedetto Castelli. Castelli was also a monk, and taught at the University of Sapienza in Rome. Torricelli however did not attend the college and Castelli was his private teacher. He learned all kinds of math and sciences; he eventually became Castelli's secretary. This allowed him to receive free teaching. He eventually took over Castelli's teaching when he left.

A letter from Torricelli to Galileo still exists, and it shows how Torricelli thought. Galileo had written to Castelli, but he was gone and Torricelli wrote back for him. Torricelli was very intrigued by Galileo's work and admired him. Torricelli wrote back to him and explained some of his own mathematical work. He told him...