Blaise Pascal Facts

Blaise Pascal Facts
Blaise Pascal (June 19, 1623 - August 19, 1662) was a great contributor to math, science, and philosophy, especially Christian philosophy.
Interesting Blaise Pascal Facts:
Pascal's early education in France was conducted at home by his father due to the prodigious talent and understanding he showed as a child.
At age sixteen, he wrote an essay on what was known as the "Mystic Hexagram."
This essay was called his "Essay on Conics," which he sent to Père Mersenne.
This theorem, which is known to this day as Pascal's theorem, was so profound that critics like Descartes were initially certain that Pascal's father had written.
Pascal's theorem states that a hexagon inscribed in a circle, or conic, forms a line where the three points of opposite sides lie. The line is known as the Pascal line.
Other major contributions Pascal made while still in his teenaged years include being one of only two people who developed and constructed a working mechanical calculator.
Pascal built the mechanical device while his father struggled to make sense of the tax situation in Rouen.
He built it over the course of three years and made over fifty prototypes for his machine, which was initially cumbersome and expensive.
As a mathematician, Pascal developed two separate fields of maths: projective geometry and probability theory.
This probability theory was born out of Pascal's study of gambling problems, and had an important impact on the development of modern day economics.
Pascal also developed what became known as Pascal's triangle, in which the sums of successive numbers built on themselves to form the numerical row beneath.
In the sciences, Pascal's theories were important to understanding the properties and volume of solids using cycloids.
A religious experience when he was a young man led Pascal to make important contributions to Christian philosophy and theology through many of his writings.
Pascal also wrote at length about the need for the scientific method.


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