Blaise Pascal was born at Clermont on June 19, 1623 as the third of four children and the only son to Étienne Pascal. Blaise grew up without a mother, who died when he was only three years old. His father had dissident educational views and decided to educate his son himself, however, Étienne decided that Blaise was not to study mathematics before the age of fifteen. Therefore, he removed all mathematic texts from their house.

Although he was told not to study mathematics, Blaise became curious and began to work on geometry himself at the age of twelve. He discovered that the sum of the angles of a triangle is equal to two right angles. When his father found out, he gave in and allowed Blaise to have a copy of Euclid's Elements, a book written by a Greek mathematician best known for his treatise on geometry. From there, Blaise expanded his knowledge of mathematics and soon began to accompany his father to Mersnne's meetings. Mersenne was known for his work in number theory and was idolized by many scientists and mathematicians. At the age of sixteen, Pascal presented a piece of paper at one of the meetings, which conained a number of projective geometry theorems, including Pascal's mystic hexagon. Many people were amazed.

Blaise showed a very keen interest in mathematics, and went on to publish a highly appreciated treatise called "Essay on Conic Sections." Conic sections deal parabolas, hyperbolas, and an ellipse which can be obtained by intersecting a plane with a double sided cone. Only two copies are known to have been printed, and at the time, his essay attracted little attention. Many people questioned how a sixteen year old could write something that seemed so mature for his age, and believed he had simply read and copied it from someone else. However, Gottfried Leibniz, a German philosopher and mathematician, realized that Pascal had made a remarkable advancement in the study of conics and Girard Desargues, founder of geometry, spoke highly of his...

...Pascal vs Descartes Paper
Pascal’s argument is fallible because he reaches the conclusion that we should “wager” God’s existence, rather than coming up with “proof” by using deductive reasoning like Descartes provides in his argument. These early 17th century philosophers both provided writings defending the validity of the Christian religion and of God’s existence. After the Protestant Reformation of 1517, the Catholic Church’s sanctity was questioned. Different religions...

...Originally Pascal’s Triangle was developed by the Chinese of long ago. But then the French mathematician BlaisePascal was officially the first person to discover the importance of the patterns it had within itself. But how exactly does it work??? In this research paper, I will explain how to make the Pascal’s Triangle and why it is so special.
Construction:
Pascal’s Triangle is basically a triangle of numbers. “At the tip of the triangle is the number 1,...

...BlaisePascalBlaisePascal was born on June 19, 1623, in Clermont, Auvergne, France. He was the third child of Étienne Pascal. He was the only male child. Blaise’s mother passed away when he was three years old. After his mother’s death, the family packed their bags up and moved to Paris. Blaise’s father, Étienne decided to teach his son. However, he did not allow Blaise to study mathematics until he...

...The Pascaline
BlaisePascal was born June 19th, 1623 in Clermont. He was the third to be born and the only son. He was kept at home as a child because they wanted to make sure that he was not overworked. His father homeschooled him, but he was not allowed to study mathematics before the age of 15. And because of this there were no mathematical things in the house at all. Soon Blaise gave up his play time at the age of twelve to study geometry....

...Pensees were a marvelous work of BlaisePascal, as he seamlessly attributed so many aspects of his society’s views and beliefs of religion. Firstly, he stressed how pathetic and meaningless the life of a man is, who doesn’t believe in God. His first action is directly faulting the methods of Montaigne. Montaigne, he states, is fickle about his beliefs, switching them by the moment. He further criticizes Montaigne’s beliefs on suicide, death, and salvation....

...BlaisePascal
“There are two types of minds - the mathematical, and what might be called the intuitive. The former arrives at its views slowly, but they are firm and rigid; the latter is endowed with greater flexibility and applies itself simultaneously to the dive.” From childhood he was a scientific prodigy. Just from this quote of his you can tell that even his mind in itself can fathom things that none of us even think about on a daily basis....

...frequency for something to happen. BlaisePascal is referred to as the father of probability. Pascal contributed to the branch of mathematics known as probability in 1653. Through his work in probability, Pascal invented the binomial coefficients which are now known as Pascal’s Triangle. Pascal’s major input to the philosophy of mathematics came with his “Of the Geometric Spirit””.1 BlaisePascal was also a...

...It is also known as the figurate triangle, the combinatorial triangle, and the binomial triangle. Even though Pascal’s Triangle is named after seventeenth century mathematician, BlaisePascal, several other mathematicians knew about and applied their knowledge of the triangle hundreds of years before the birth of Pascal in 1623. The Arabs, Persians and the Chinese discovered Pascal’s triangle in earlier centuries.
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