These are the'reasons of the heart', as Blaise Pascal
In the foreword of my doctoral thesis (in the field of solid state physics), I wrote the following: "As a tribute of respect to the great example of Blaise Pascal
, a man of faith and genius.
For five centuries Christians have turned to the jottings (Pensees) of Blaise Pascal
for insight and inspiration.
Shea's DESIGNING EXPERIMENTS & GAMES OF CHANCE: THE UNCONVENTIONAL SCIENCE OF BLAISE PASCAL
Clermont-Ferrand: Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal
Clermont-Ferrand : Presses de l'universite Blaise Pascal
Probably the best way to approach the issue is to heed the words of the famous French mathematician and gambler Blaise Pascal
, (Pascal developed much of his mathematics in order to win on the roulette wheel).
But the idea of mathematical probability theory did not take shape until the 1600s, when Blaise Pascal
tried to help a friend who had asked for help toward beating the casinos.
With ideas drawn from Blaise Pascal
, and which were to some extent shared with Corb's contemporaries Camus and Bataille, the architect-hero pursued a rocky political path, supporting one promising fascist group after the next in pre-War Paris.
The 17th-century French philosopher Blaise Pascal
said that most of us spend our lives seeking diversions (divertissements) in a desperate attempt to avoid precisely those questions.
If such brilliant pioneers as Blaise Pascal
, Leibnitz and Charles Babbage (in the 19th century) had the power of today's technology, the ``crisis'' could have arisen much earlier.
McCartney traces the 300-year genealogy of the computer, dating back to an eight-digit calculator fashioned by a 19-year-old named Blaise Pascal
in 1642, the year Galileo died.
At the same time, as Blaise Pascal
said, "all the unhappiness of men derives from a single thing, which is not knowing how to be quiet in a room.
The dramatists Pierre Corneille and Jean Racine, together with the philosophers Blaise Pascal
and Rene Descartes, were particularly important.
In 1642 the French mathematician Blaise Pascal
(1623-1662) invented a calculating machine that could add and subtract.