Blaise Pascal


Blaise Pascal
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Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662), was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.

In 1642, while still a teenager, he started some pioneering work on calculating machines, and after three years of effort and 50 prototypes he invented the mechanical calculator. He built twenty ... more »

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  • ''The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 7 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Son...
  • ''If he exalt himself, I humble him; if he humble himself, I exalt him; and I always contradict him, till he understands that he is an incomprehensible monster.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 420 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & S...
  • ''Which is the more believable of the two, Moses or China?''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French philosopher. Pensées, No. 822, in Oeuvres Complètes, ed. and with notes by Louis Lafuma, New York, Macmillan (1963)....
  • ''Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m'effraie. The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, mathematician. Pensées, iii. 206, ed. L. Brunschvieg, 5th edition (1909).
  • ''Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point. The heart has its reasons which reason does not know of.''
    Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, mathematician. Pensées, iv. 277, ed. L. Brunschvieg, 5th edition (1909).
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