Blaise Pascal


Blaise Pascal

June 19, 1623 - -August 19, 1662

Mathematician, Philosopher

Despite the father's attempt to keep the study of mathematics out of his son's curriculum until the age of 15, the son discovered that the sum of the angles of a triangle are two right angles at the age of 12. Blaise Pascal's father relented and gave him Euclid to study.

At 19, the prodigy Pascal invented an early example of a digital calculator, the "Pascaline". His research and studies swept across the fields of hydrodynamics, geometry, and he laid the initial foundation for the study of probablilty.

The Pensees represent a philosophical contribution to the field of ethics. The book is a collection of personal thoughts on the human condition and one's faith in God. Pascal's belief can be summarised by this idea:

"If God does not exist, one will lose nothing
by believing in him, while if he does exist,
one will lose everything by not believing."

Pascal died young and his last work was a study of the "cycloid", the curve traced by a point on the circumference of a rolling circle. Is it any wonder he's a natural at cosmic baseball?

Blaise Pascal

YEAR  TEAM             POS    B.AVG   At Bats  Hits     HR     RBI
----  ---------------  -----  ------  ------  ------  ------  ------
1991  Ionians          cf      .273      355      97       4      44
1992  Ionians          cf      .249      358      89       4      52
1993  Ionians          cf      .249      365      91       0      37
1994  Ionians          cf      .269      360      97       6      49
1995  Ionians          cf      .277      332      92       6      36

*Cosmic Seasons: 5             .264     1770     466      20     218

Pascal at the Philosopher's Page

Pascal page at Mathematics History Site

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Blaise Pascal, 1996 Ionian
Published: February 4, 1996
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