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Blaise Pascal Thoughts

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Blaise Pascal Thoughts( )
Author: Pascal, Blaise
Edited and Translated by: Kaufmann, Moritz
ISBN:978-1-107-67803-3
Publication Date:Jun 2013
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $39.95
Book Description:

Originally published in 1908, this book contains selections from Pascal's Pensées, translated into English.

Book Details
Pages:242
Detailed Subjects: Religion / Christianity / Catholic
Religion / Christian Theology / Apologetics
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):12.7 x 20.3 x 1.4 cm
Book Weight:0.27 Kilograms
Author Biography
Pascal, Blaise (Author)
French Mathematician Blaise Pascal did much to set in motion what is known today as modern mathematics. An unusually creative mathematician, he developed a number of theorems and mathematical structures, including the beginnings of probability theory and a more sophisticated understanding of the geometry of conic structures.

At the age of 16, Pascal wrote a brilliant paper on conics; the paper consisted of one single printed page on which he states his major theorem - the opposite sides of any hexagon inscribed in a cone intersect in a straight line. This theorem led Pascal to develop several hundred related theorems in geometry.

Pascal's activities, however, were not confined to pure mathematics. When he was about 19 years old, he built a calculating machine that he demonstrated to the king of France. It worked well enough to allow him to build and sell about 50 of them over a few years' time. His work on problems in atmospheric pressure eventually resulted in an early version of the gas law.

At the age of 25, Pascal entered a Jansenist monastery to begin an ascetic life of study and argument. However, he continued his mathematical work.

With Pierre de Fermat, Pascal laid the foundation for the theory of probability. In 1654, Pascal's friend, the Chevelier de Mere, had asked him to analyze a problem arising from a game of chance. Pascal in turn exchanged a number of letters with Fermat about the problem. This correspondence became the starting point for a theory of probability. However, neither published the ideas developed in the correspondence. The letters did inspire one of Pascal's contemporaries, Christian Huygens of Holland, to publish in 1657 a short tract on the mathematics of games involving dice.

Pascal's name is now attached to "Pascals' Triangle" of binomial coefficients which plays and important role in the study combinations and probability. The triangle was known at least 600 years before Pascal became inter



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