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BLAISE PASCAL. ~ a brief biographical sketch by ~ Carl J. Wenning. Blaise Pascal. French mathematician, philosopher, and religious figure Born: Clermont on June 19, 1623 Died: Paris on August 19, 1662. Most notable accomplishments. Pascal’s triangle for binomial expansion

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blaise pascal

BLAISE PASCAL

~ a brief biographical sketch by ~

Carl J. Wenning

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Blaise Pascal
  • French mathematician, philosopher, and religious figure
  • Born:Clermont on June 19, 1623
  • Died: Paris on August 19, 1662
most notable accomplishments
Most notable accomplishments
  • Pascal’s triangle for binomial expansion
  • Pascal’s principle - when there is an increase in pressure at any point in a confined fluid, there is an equal increase at every other point in the container.
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Vacuums & Barometers
  • Studied free space above mercury level in barometers - believed in vacuum
  • Showed through experiment that air pressure decreases with increasing height
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Pascal’s Vases
  • In his investigations of the barometer, he found that the height to which the mercury rose in a vessel was the same regardless of shape.
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Pascal’s Wager
  • First use of truth table
  • A single paragraph of Pensees
  • The best possible consequence that a atheist can hope for is the worst possible situation an theist can attain. Ergo, it is better to believe.