• Jun 19, 1623
    (b.) -
    Aug 19, 1662
    (d.)

Bio/Description

In 1642, while still a teenager, he started some pioneering work on calculating machines, and after three years of effort and 50 prototypes he invented the mechanical calculator. He built twenty of these machines (called the Pascaline) in the following ten years. Pascal was a mathematician of the first order. He helped create two major new areas of research. He wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of sixteen, and later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory, strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. Following Galileo and Torricelli, in 1646 he refuted Aristotle's followers who insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. His results caused many disputes before being accepted.
  • Date of Birth:

    Jun 19, 1623
  • Date of Death:

    Aug 19, 1662
  • Gender:

    Male
  • Noted For:

    Constructed a mechanical calculator capable of addition and subtraction, called the Pascaline
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