Paseo del Doctor Torres Villarroel, Salamanca, Spain

He was the son of a bookseller of Salamanca. He was baptized on June 18, 1694. He described himself as blond and blue – eyed and handsome, “more German than catadura Castilian or extremeño” and as brash, outgoing and approachable person. He learned the first letters and went on to study Latin in the wardship of Don Juan Gonzalez of God, who would then Professor of Humanities at the University of Salamanca . He did it with such use three years later won a scholarship by opposition in the Trilingual School of Salamanca. His wayward and mischievous temperament pushed him skipping school, getting into fights, robbing and stealing victuals fellow pantry school so the nickname “Devil skin” won. He read a lot in the book shop of his father, but without order or any program, but was particularly fond of mathematics. Reading Astrolabium , a treatise on the celestial sphere Father Cristoforo Clavius (1537-1612), he leaned for astrology . Another book called Treatise on the field , was the one who introduced him to mathematics , science forgotten at that time.Visit Spain. Epic Spain Route © Monika Newbound

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