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  • Blaise Pascal was born on June 19, 1623, in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He was the third child of the family. His father was a tax collector and talented mathematician.
  • In 1624 Pascal was inspired by the idea of making calculating taxes easier for his father which lead to the invention of the Pascaline. The Pascaline was a numerical wheel calculator with movable dials, each representing a numerical digit. It never became a big seller.
  • Because of his contributions to the understanding of atmospheric pressure and how it could be estimated in terms of weight the unit (Pa) was named after him.
  • Pascaline
  • At the end of the 1640s, Pascal focused on his experiments on physical sciences. In 1648 he asked his bother in law to take readings of barometric pressure at various altitudes on a mountain. The result of this experiment was validating Torricelli's theory concerning the cause of barometrical variations.
  • Couldn't he just do this himself?
  • Pascal's work with theorist Pierre began in 1950. Their work together lead to the experienced the fixed likelihood of a particular outcome when it comes to the role of the dice. It was the mathematical theory of probability, with Pascal's writings on the subject published posthumously.
  • In the 1650s, Pascal was trying to create a machine which produces more energy than it uses. It was invented in 1655 and was named 'little wheel'
  • little wheel
  • Interesting fact: Pascal was known to strap his pocket watch to his wrist with a string, probably for the sake of convenience while tinkering with other inventions. The date of this informal invention of hid is uncertain.
  • Pascal's inventions were very useful in the fields of computer science, physics and geometry influencing the 17th-century visionaries.
  • On August 19, 1662, Pascal died at his sister's home of a stomach tumour which had metastasized in his brain .
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