Patrono of the Faculty of Mathematics
On July 15, its commemorated the life and work of Saint Buenaventura, considered one of the most important doctors of the Church, along with Saint Thomas. His respect and love for science and knowledge motivated his designation aspatrono of the Faculty of Mathematics.
Juan de Fidanza, Franciscan mystic and Doctor of the Church. Great scholar, author of diverse works, philosopher and theologian of the University of Paris. He lived in a century that saw the consolidation of the university and the rediscovery of the Greek classics. He was the one who brought the Franciscan inspiration to theology. He was particularly interested in the problem of guiding philosophy and science in the direction of wisdom and the search for good. In this context, he reflected in particular on the current infinity and the position of Aristotle regarding the eternity of the world, in discussions later taken up by Spinoza, Locke and Bolzano, among others (notably Cantor in his theory of transfinites).
He became the seventh successor of San Francisco as General of the Franciscan Order, role in which he contributed significantly to give a definite Rule to the Order, fostered study and developed devotion to the Blessed Virgin. At the end of his life he was called to be a cardinal and bishop of Albano, a role from which the Holy Father entrusted him with the mission of preparing the Council of Lyon in which the meeting of the Eastern and Western Churches was achieved for a time.
"As all things are beautiful and in some way delightful, and since there is no pleasure or beauty without proportion, which consists primarily of numbers, it is necessary that all things be numerous, and, therefore, the number is the exemplary prince who takes us to the Creator. " San Buenaventura