Blaise Pascal – (002)

Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662), was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and philosopher. Pascal’s earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.

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Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, 19 de Junho de 1623 — Paris, 19 de Agosto de 1662) foi um físico, matemático, filósofo e teólogo francês. 

A Selection from the Pensees

 

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

 

What is more difficult, to be born or rise again? That what had never been should be, or that what had been should be again? It is more difficult to come into existence than to return to it.

 

It is dangerous to make man see his equality with the brutes without showing him his greatness. It is also dangerous to make him see his greatness too clearly, apart from his vileness. It is still more dangerous to leave him ignorant of both. But it is very advantageous to show him both.

 

Let each one examine his thoughts, and he will find them all occupied with the past and the future. We scarcely ever think of the present; and if we ever think of it, it is only to take light from it to arrange the future . . . So we never live, but we hope we live; and, as we are always preparing to be happy, it is inevitable we should never be so.”

 

We come to know truth not only by reason, but still more so through our hearts.

 

The heart has its reasons that reason does not know.

 

What a vast distance there is between knowing God and loving him . . . Human things must be known to be loved: but Divine things must be loved to be known.

Blaise Pascal (French pronunciation: [blɛz paskal]; 19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662), was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal’s earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.  [Wikipedia – English]

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Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, 19 de Junho de 1623 — Paris, 19 de Agosto de 1662) foi um físico, matemático, filósofo moralista e teólogo francês. Blaise Pascal contribuiu decisivamente para a criação de dois novos ramos da matemática: a Geometria Projetiva e a Teoria das probabilidades. Em Física, estudou a mecânica dos fluidos, e esclareceu os conceitos de pressão e vácuo ampliando o trabalho de Evangelista Torricelli. É ainda o autor da primeira máquina de calcular mecânica, a Pascaline, e de estudos sobre o método científico.  [Wikipedia – Português]

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