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1) Blaise Pascal, born in Auvergne, France on June 19, 1623 to August 19, 1662 (aged 39), was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, writer, and Catholic theologian.
2) He was a child prodigy who wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of 16. In 1642, while still a teenager, he started some pioneering work on calculating machines
3) It was called Pascal's calculators and later Pascalines, establishing him as one of the first two inventors of the mechanical calculator. He was also a pioneer in the natural and applied sciences.
4) He wrote in defense of the scientific method and produced several controversial results. He made important contributions to the study of fluids, & clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum.
5) In 1946, he and his sister identified with the religious movement within Catholicism known by its detractors as Jansenism. In late 1654, he began writing influential works on philosophy & theology.
6) He wrote a fideistic probabilistic argument for God's existence. Throughout his life, Pascal was in frail health, especially after the age of 18. He died just two months after his 39th birthday.
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