Blaise Pascal Bio, Age, Net Worth, Inventor

Blaise Pascal Bio, Age, Net Worth, Inventor

The modern world is full of technologies that we take for granted. Of course, there’s the internet, computers, cameras, and smartphones that allow us to enjoy the content of famous content creators like Khaby Lame. But there are also more basic technologies that we take for granted so much, we don’t even notice them.

The electricity that’s there whenever you want to turn a device on, the clean running water that flows out of a tap on demand, the heating systems that make our homes cozy, the clothing that keeps us warm and looking great, and many of the foods that we have near-endless supplies of are all thanks to technological advancements.

Some of these technologies are centuries old. For example, the Ancient Romans are believed to have invented under-floor heating systems and are known to have devised systems for transporting water to population centres.

Behind many modern inventions are basic mathematic and scientific principles. For example, the concept of insurance products wouldn’t be possible without the work of the likes of Gerolmao Cardano and Christiaan Huygens.

Other modernities, including cars, aeroplanes, and even casino games wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Blaise Pascal.

Blaise Pascal Biography

Blaise Pascal was a French inventor who was born on 19th June 1623 in Clermont-Ferrand, in the Auvergne region of France. He only lived until he was 39, dying on 19th August 1662 in Paris after suffering from some illnesses.

During his short life, he achieved many things in the fields of mathematics, physics, and philosophy.

Blaise Pascal Age

Blaise Pascal was just 39 when he died in August 1662.

Blaise Pascal Height

Due to the time elapsed since his death, there are no known records of Blaise Pascal’s height.

Blaise Pascal Relatives

Blaise Pascal’s mother, Antoinette Begon, died shortly after his birth, but he lived with his father, Étienne Pascal, and two sisters for a large portion of his life. His older sister was named Gilberte, while the younger one was called Jacqueline.

They all had impressive intellectual abilities and often spent a lot of time studying science and mathematics together.

Blaise Pascal Net Worth

It is difficult to calculate Blaise Pascal’s net worth so long after his death, as there are many factors that complicate such efforts. However, it is widely believed that he was not overly wealthy, especially after the French government’s default on bonds in 1638, which was believed to have affected Étienne quite significantly.

 

Blaise Pascal Career

Blaise Pascal had a very varied career, working on several different mathematical and scientific principles as well as creating multiple physical items.

The two most famous physical inventions of Pascal are the Pascaline (Pascal’s calculator) and the roulette wheel. The Pascaline was a mechanical device that could do addition and subtraction, speeding up what would have otherwise been time-consuming calculations. He invented it to help save him and his father time while working out their taxes.

The roulette wheel, on the other hand, was an accident. Pascal had been trying to invent a perpetual motion machine, something that has now been proven impossible. It was a worthy pursuit though, as it gave birth to one of the most popular casino games of today.

Roulette, like just about everything else that Pascal created, is based on mathematical systems, including probabilities and percentages that create a fun but fair game that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world.

Probability was something that Pascal spent a lot of time on and was perhaps even his biggest contribution to mathematics as it is a basic principle used in many areas of modern life. Another key contribution was the arithmetical triangle to display binomial coefficients.

He also helped to improve our understanding of fluid mechanics and pressure, invented the hydraulic press, and helped to prove that air pressure is lower at altitude than it is at ground level.

Towards the end of his life, Pascal also took up philosophy, producing several pieces critiquing various schools of philosophy. Though, of course, he couldn’t stray too far from numbers and eventually focused his attention on the philosophy of mathematics.