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Pascal, a French mathematician (1623-1662) is known as the inventor of a first digital calculator which he devised to help his father calculate tax (his father was a tax collector). The device is called Pascaline; click on the picture below to see some other mathematical artefacts, either real or imagined.

Pascal is also famous for laying the foundations of the probability theory in his correspondence with Fermat.

In his later years, Pascal abandoned mathematics and devoted his energies entirely to Christian theology.


See more about Pascal's triangle by clicking on the picture below.

Find out about other mathematical artefacts by clicking on the abacus.

Learn more about Pascal's correspondent Fermat - and his famous theorem.


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