Blaise Pascal: Mathematician, Physicist and Thinker about God

Blaise Pascal: Mathematician, Physicist and Thinker about God

by D. Adamson
     
 

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This chronological survey explores Pascal's (162362) achievement as mathematician, physicist and religious thinker; it also has a chapter on his life. His work on conic sections, the probability calculus, number theory, cycloid curves and hydrostatics is considered in detail. Analyses of the Provincial Letters and the Thoughts bring out the many distinctive features,

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This chronological survey explores Pascal's (162362) achievement as mathematician, physicist and religious thinker; it also has a chapter on his life. His work on conic sections, the probability calculus, number theory, cycloid curves and hydrostatics is considered in detail. Analyses of the Provincial Letters and the Thoughts bring out the many distinctive features, thematicnn and technical, of each text. Pascal's lesser known works are also studied. There is a chapter on the Wager argument. A wide-ranging bibliography completes the book.

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A chronological survey of Pascal's work and writings as a mathematician, physicist, and Christian philosopher. Details his work on conic sections, calculus, and number theory, and analyzes writings such as the Provincial Letters and Thoughts, as well as his lesser known works of theology and philosophy of religion. Includes chapters on Pascal's life, and the famous wager argument. Contains b&w photos and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333550366
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
12/19/1994
Edition description:
1995
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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