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The French Prodigy Essay

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“Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.” Once said by Blaise Pascal. Born in June 19, 1623 in Clermont Ferrand, France, Blaise Pascal was going to change the world of science and mathematics. He was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and a Christian philosopher. He was a child prodigy. His early life was no tale of woe or extreme happiness. However, his inventions remain in high esteem. Blaise Pascal made many contributions to the world of math and science. Furthermore, people have expanded on his contributions.
When Blaise Pascal was three years old, his mother died. `Etienne Pascal, his father, was left to take care of Blaise and his older siblings (Jacqueline and Gilberte Pascal). To Paris, France, Etienne moved his family. Wanting to teach his son the arts first, Etienne did not desire Blaise to focus only on mathematics and science. This did not work out as Etienne had planned it; Blaise taught himself how to do mathematics and science. Ironically, Etienne would not allow his son to learn mathematics and science, when he, himself, was a brilliant mathematician.
Pascal made many important contributions to math and science. When Pascal was a teenager, he wrote a paper called “Conic Sections”. A mathematician thought it was very impressive. Moreover, one mathematician called the paper, “The most powerful and valuable contribution that had been made to mathematical-science since the days of Archimedes.” Inspired to help his father with his work as a tax collector, Blaise created the first calculator. La Pascaline was a calculator that could only add or subtract, therefore only simple equations would work on it. Furthermore, the la Pascaline could only add to 99.999. Pascal studied and wrote a paper, Traite du Triangle Arithmetique, on the arithmetic triangle, which is now referred to as Pascal’s triangle. The reason we call the arithmetic triangle Pascal’s is that Pascal made it more understandable for the common person. Additionally, he studied atmospheric pressure. Through his studies and expansion of other’s works, he created the syringe and the hydraulic press. A syringe...

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