# Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician,physicist, theologian and a philosopher. He was born in Clermont-Ferrand, France and died in Paris, France. Pascal, when he was a child, moved around a lot becasue of his father's tax collector job. Pascal invented an early version of a calculator to help his father with his job and wrote his first essay in his teens about conic sections and transferring them from 3-D to 2-D. Because of his fascination with conic sections, he continued to write theorms about them. He invented the early roulette machine.He also created a theory about probablity that was used for gambling in his days, but is now applied to economics.

Interesting Facts:-When Pascal was being educated, his teacher ommitted geometry and other forms of math from his education because he felt that Pascal would focus too much on shapes than classical subjects.- Although, many people think that Pascal invented Pascal's Triangle, the tool was just named after this mathematician, although many predecessors including Pascal knew the pattern. -Pascal's most notable work includes his works with conic section theorms.-Pascal at early age was fascinated by mathematics because it was a forbidden topic to study. -Pascal was a child prodigy and knew that the sum of all the angles in a triangle equals the sum of a two right angles.

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