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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Pascal, Christian Philosopher

Interesting post on Blaise Pascal today by Randy Alcorn over on Eternal Perspectives.

Blaise Pascal, who no doubt enjoyed eclipses, was a French mathematician and physicist, and later in his life, a Christian philosopher. Born in 1623, he died in 1662, at age 39, having accomplished several lifetimes of work. (And he had quite the hairdo.)

Pascal was a child prodigy educated by his father. His earliest work was in the construction of mechanical calculators, the study of fluids, and the concepts of pressure and vacuum. (My earliest work was reading Batman comics.)

Pascal was a top-level mathematician, who wrote a major treatise on projective geometry at the age of sixteen. When reading it, Rene Descartes refused to believe it could have been written by a sixteen-year-old. Pascal’s writings also influenced the development of modern economics and social science.


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