Gerolamo Cardano is considered the father of mathematical probability theory hence his nickname ‘The Gambler’. His skills went further than mathematics with an occasional dabble into inventing, philosophy and finally astrology, and there lay his downfall. Not only did he earn himself an inquisition through his horoscope of Christ but he also used his astrological skills to predict his exact time of death. When this time came and death did not, rather than lose his credibility, he committed suicide. Insanity? Perhaps. Commitment to studies? Definitely.