(June 19, 1623 – August 19, 1662)

Blaise Pascal was a child prodigy with extraordinary flair for mathematics. His obsession with calculative algorithms saw him devising mechanical calculators while still a teenager. Although Wilhelm Schickard produced the first prototypes some 20 years before Pascal, his designs were cumbersome and had very limited uses. By circumventing the Schickard’s problems in his own gadgets, Pascal earned recognition as one of the inventors of what would become the forerunner of modern calculators and computers. With interests in theology, philosophy and science, Pascal exchanged ideas with some of the greatest minds of his era: corresponding with Pierre de Fermat on issues of Probability Theory and Geometric Transformations. Their excellent working relationship incurred the wrath of envious René Descartes, who mocked their intellectual abilities. Notwithstanding, Paul Dirac would use the basis of this Projective Geometry (more than 250 years after Pascal’s death) to develop the concepts of Quantum Mechanics which won him recognition. Pascal’s extensive works on hydrodynamics and vacuums also led him to invent the hydraulic press and the syringe, both of which are still widely used. His math treatises nurtured Christiaan Huygens’ career. And when a young Gottfried Leibniz wanted to delve deeper into mathematics, his then tutor Huygens (who venerated Pascal’s brilliance) recommended Pascal’s publications for him.


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