Blaise Pascal

Philosopher

Birthday June 19, 1623

Birth Sign Gemini

Birthplace Clermont-Ferrand, France

DEATH DATE Aug 19, 1662 (39)

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About

French physicist, inventor, writer, math theorist, and Christian philosopher who created a new geometry problem.

Before Fame

His earliest contributions were in the applied and natural sciences where he focused on fluids and the concepts of pressure and vacuum, drawing from the work that had previously been done by Evangelista Torricelli.

Trivia

He helped Pierre de Fermat in developing the theory of probabilities. He invented the mechanical calculator.

Family Life

His theorem was so advanced that many thought his father, a tax collector who provided the bulk of his son's education, had come up with it. He grew up with two sisters named Gilberte and Jacqueline.

Associated With

He, Torricelli, and Galileo Galilei engaged in an intense intellectual battle with Aristotle's followers over the concept of nature abhorring a vacuum.