Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal was born in central France on June 19, 1623. He was one of the

greatest mathematicians and physicists of the 17th century. He had two sisters of the name

Gilberte and Etienne who he was very close with. At the age of 3 Pascal's mother passed

away causing the family to move back to France. Pascal's father worked in the

government in which he worked with mathematics causing his son Blaise to become very

interested in them. At the age of twelve Pascal figured out the proposition of Euclidean

geometry by himself. While Pascal never did attend a university or any real formal

education, at the age of sixteen he was allowed to accompany his father on scientific

gatherings. Pascal then realized that he was a genius in mathematics and decided to

devote his life to them. Shortly there after he wrote an essay on conic sections with is

basically a part of projective geometry which can still baffle mathematicians today on

how he came to that answer at such a young age with out any formal schooling.

Pascal

then went on to invent the 'adding machine', which is now known as the calculator. He

invented the calculator for his father to figure out some financial matters when he was

appointed representative to the king of upper Normandy. Though Pascal didn't invent the

calculator we have now he did have a very basic version that was improved on many

times such as adding a computer as we have now. Another branch of math that Pascal

worked was Probability. Probability is the observing one of the several outcomes that can

occur in an event. Though Pascal found many things alone in mathematics, he did work

with Pierre de Fermat to discuss the probability of games of chance.