Mathematicians born on this day:
1584 : Vernier  Mathematicians who died on this day: 
Blaise Pascal  Jean Baptiste Delambre  Georg Klügel 
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Blaise Pascal (1623  1662)
Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us consider the two possibilities. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Hesitate not, then, to wager that He is.
Pensees (1670)
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