It didn’t take long for rumors to spread around Dubrovnik, that a strange man lives in the cave and burns things with mirrors. Some went as far as to say that he burnt the boats and curious individuals that would come too close to the cave. He got a nickname - The Wizard of Betina Cave. Of course, Getaldić wasn’t using magic but doing scientific research and today we appreciate his work far more.
The parabolic mirrors that Getaldić experimented with are today used in satellite dishes, telescopes, microscopes and different lighting devices. One of his original mirrors can still be seen today in the London National Maritime Museum.
With his work being so far ahead of his time, he might as well have been a wizard after all?
Or - just a really smart guy!