Blaise Pascal


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French scientist, mathematician, and philosopher whose work influenced both the Scientific Revolution and later European thought. Pascal is known for his practical achievements in science, such as a calculating machine, demonstration of the variations possible in air pressure depending on altitude, and a theory of probability.

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  • 1623 - 1662
    Life of the scientist, mathematician, and philosopher Blaise Pascal.
  • 1642
    Blaise Pascal invents a calculating machine.
  • 1648
    Blaise Pascal conducts pratical tests of a barometer at varying altitudes.
  • 1654
    Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat work on a theory of probability.
  • 1655
    Blaise Pascal retreats to a life of philosophical contemplation at the Abbey of Port-Royal-des-Champ in France.
  • 1657
    Blaise Pascal writes his Lettres provinciales.
  • 19 Aug 1662
    Blaise Pascal dies in Paris.
  • c. 1670
    Posthumous publication of Pensées by Blaise Pascal.