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By D. Adamson

This quantity contains a chronological survey exploring Pascal's (1623-62) success as a mathematician, physicist and non secular philosopher, and a bankruptcy on his existence. His paintings on conic sections, the likelihood calculus, quantity thought, cycloid curves and hydrostatics is taken into account intimately. Analyses of the "Provincial Letters" and the "Thoughts" convey out the exact good points, thematic and technical, of every textual content. Pascal's lesser identified works and the bet argument also are studied.

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In two identical test tubes they measured the fall of the mercury; in both the level of mercury stabilized at 2 6 ^ (French) inches (of 1648) above the level of mercury in the trough. A Minim, Fr Chastin, was asked to make periodic observations of the one test tube they were proposing to leave behind; with an excitement which can scarcely be realized today (to us the experiment seems simple) they then set off on the ten-mile ascent of the Puy de Dome. Following the Roman road, some paving-stones of which still exist, they climbed to La Font-de-1'Arbre: the mercury stood at 25 inches!

63 But at least until September 1654 it had also been a year of astoundingly varied and intense mental vitality. With Fermat, Pascal had created the probability calculus. Single-handedly he had made important advances in the geometry of indivisibles, pursued his work on conic curves and sections, contributed to the binomial theorem, constructed the Triangle, extended the applications of the Mystic Hexagon, and founded hydrostatics. And, as we know from Leibniz (II 227), there was much more of that abounding insatiable inventiveness than we can perhaps even imagine: the drafts, jottings and intuitions of a man too ill to organize his scientific work methodically.

Let us therefore consider death in Jesus Christ, and not without Jesus Christ. Without Jesus Christ it is horrifying, detestable and abhorred of nature. In Jesus Christ it is quite different: it is amiable, holy, and the joy of the faithful. All is gentle in Jesus Christ, even death itself; and this is why He suffered and died in order to sanctify death and suffering; and why, as both God and man, He has been both all that is great and all that is abject, so as to sanctify all things within Himself (493).

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