Date of Award

6-2014

Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Modern Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Cheikh Ndiaye

Language

French

Keywords

philosophy, mathematics, aritmetic triangle

Abstract

This paper will discuss the life of Blaise Pascal, his philosophy and mathematics. We will first study the life of Pascal, by looking at his family, the success of his family, and how he was educated. We will then move onto study the history of the arithmetic triangle, which eventually becomes known as Pascal’s Triangle. Finally we will look at Pascal’s Pensées. Finally we will conclude that Pascal is not only known for Pascal’s Triangle but also his legacy in the Philosophic world. It becomes clear that Pascal would not have been the mathematician he was without the philosophy, and likewise, he would not have been the philosopher without mathematics.

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