Who is Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal ( pass-KAL, also UK: -⁠KAHL, PASS-kəl, -⁠kal, US: pahs-KAHL; French: [blɛz paskal]; 19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, writer, and Catholic theologian.

He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest mathematical work was on conic sections; he wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of 16. He later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory, strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. In 1642, while still a teenager, he started some pioneering work on calculating machines (called Pascal's calculators and later Pascalines), establishing him as one of the first two inv...
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Mike_may_quotes: we must keep our thought secret, and judge everything by it, while talking like the people. (blaise pascal, 1623–1662)
Ownsmoke: "people almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive." blaise pascal, the art of persuasion
Ogferan: all of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” — blaise pascal
Bobunny503: "in faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadow for those who don't. " --blaise pascal
3stoneentertain: the heart has its reasons which reason knows not of. ~blaise pascal
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