Finzi, Angelo Mordecai
- (d. 1476)Italian banker and scientist. He lived in Bologna and Mantua. He wrote studies on mathematics and astronomy, translated various works on mathematics, geometry and astronomy into Hebrew, explained recently invented astronomical instruments, and published treatises on grammar and mnemonics.
Dictionary of Jewish Biography. Dan Cohn-Sherbok.
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