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BLAISE PASCAL Blaise Pascal was a great mathematician who lived in 17th Century France His mother was Antoinette Begon she died when Blaise was three His father Etienne took the responsibility of bringing him up Pascal had two sisters Gilberte and Jacqueline Pascal began his studies in 1635 with his reading of Euclids Elements and mastered them by age 12 This won the boy respect for his great talent in mathematics Pascal in fact did not attend school instead Etienne brought him to lectures and mathematical gatherings at the Academie Parsienne nearly from its founding At the early age of 16 Pascal began to play an active role in Academie Parisienne There Pascal became the principal disciple of Girard Desargues a professor working there because he was the only one who appreciated his work in geometry Pascal began work on conics and published several papers to do with geometry In fact in June 1639 Pascal has already made a significant discovery with his mystical hexagram In 1641 he began to suffer from problems of health that delayed his research for a year but he recovered and continued his work In 1642 Pascal began to create a machine that would be similar to an everyday calculator to help his father with his accounting job His first attempts were failures and Pascal was discouraged from working on the project for many years He returned to it in 1644 because of the encouragement of many people He finished the final model in 1645 after going through more than 50 incarnations of the design he finished the final model in 1645 Pascal himself did the selling with a few associates but because of its high price of and limited uses sales were probably modest He did present one to Queen Christina of Sweden and he was allowed a monopoly over it by royal decree Although Pascal had been raised as a Catholic later in his
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