Blaise Pascal

(1623–1662)

Blaise Pascal

Anecdote...

Pascal’s father began his son’s education with a course of reading in ancient languages. When the nine-year-old Pascal inquired as to the nature of geometry, he was told that it was the study of shapes and forms. The boy immediately proceeded to discover for himself the first 32 theorems of Euclid — in the correct order. The elder Pascal saw that it was no use attempting to steer his son away from mathematics and allowed him to pursue his studies as he wished.

Quote-worthy...

All of humanitys problems stem from mans inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

~Blaise Pascal
Biographical Note: 

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician and writer on religion. From his youth on, Pascal did important work in mathematics and physics and in 1641 made the first calculating machine. In his early thirties he underwent a profound religious experience and became a Jansenist. Some of the fruits of his meditations on religion are contained in his Pensées (1669).