Blaise Pascal

1623 - 1662

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Blaise Pascal was a very influential French mathematician and philosopher who contributed to many areas of mathematics. He worked on conic sections and projective geometry and in correspondence with Fermat he laid the foundations for the theory of probability.
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List of References (53 books/articles)

Some Quotations (47)

A Poster of Blaise Pascal

Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Pascal's calculator: the Pascaline
  2. Another picture of it
  3. Gilberte Pascal: The life of Pascal

Honours awarded to Blaise Pascal
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Lunar featuresCrater Pascal
Paris street namesRue Pascal (3rd and 5th Arrondissements)
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  3. NNDB
  4. The Galileo Project
  5. Kevin Brown
  6. Rouse Ball
  1. The Catholic Encyclopedia
  2. H Kohler
  3. Simon Fraser University
  4. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Pascal's wager)
  5. Fourmilab (Pascal's Calculator)
  6. Mathematical Genealogy Project

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