It is no coincidence that it gave its name to a programming language: few scientific, mathematical and philosophical figures can boast its reputation.
Blaise Pascal has contributed to the future in many different disciplines. From mechanical calculators to hydraulic presses to his theories, his work is a precious legacy for the future.
Almost 200 years after him, much of the technology that he envisioned was only boasted. In just 39 years of life and in full 1600, Blaise Pascal laid the foundations for the XNUMXth century. Practically the Mozart of technology, or if you prefer Giacomo Leopardi, given the poor health.
Here are the 5 Pascals, fundamental fruits of his work:
Shortly after producing his Theorem, Pascal devoted himself to a new mathematical problem, of a more practical nature: automate numerical addition or subtraction with a mechanical device.
Managing large numerical tables was a difficult task, and mathematicians had long wanted physical support for their calculations. In the early 20s of 1600 an attempt (not very successful) by the German scientist Wilhelm schickard it had left everyone unsatisfied.
Pascal solved the problem by creating at the age of 18 the Pascalina, a precursor mechanical tool of modern calculators, with a principle that still in the 60s of the twentieth century IBM engineers exploited.