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Famous Mathematician: Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pascal



Blaise Pascal was a French philosopher, mathematician and physicist  and is considered one of the greatest minds in Western intellectual history. The short life of Blaise Pascal was one of intense intellectual brilliance, physical anguish, and mystical vision. Pascal who was the son of a French bureaucrat, exhibited extraordinary mathematical and scientific abilities at an early age and his early scientific investigations led to invaluable contributions in mathematics and physics. He is also remembered for his introspective religious and philosophical writings, especially his Pensees, which focused on the power of divine faith.

  • "Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves."
  • "I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room."
  • "Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything."
  • "The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of."
  • "Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness."
  • "We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart."

--Blaise Pascal