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Blaise Pascal
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Mathematician
    (June 19, 1623-August 19, 1662)
    Developed Pascal's law '...changes in pressure at any point in an enclosed fluid at rest are transmitted undiminished to all points in the fluid and act in all directions'
    Invented the digital calculator, hydraulic pump and the syringe
    Published 'Pensées'
    Mathematician/Philosopher/Physicist/Inventor
    His father did not wish him to learn anything unless he was able to master it.
    He was in constant pain from migraine headaches that made him very irritable.
    He was stubborn and a perfectionist.
    Some of his colleagues described him as a meek slender man who was a ruthless bully.
    He died at thirty-nine from cancer.
    His mother died when he was just a few years old, so he was raised entirely by his father.
    He said: 'The chief malady of man is restless curiosity about things which he cannot understand; and it is not so bad for him to be in error as to be curious to no purpose.'
    He stated: 'Nothing is so insufferable to man as to be completely at rest, without passions, without business, without diversion, without study.'
    The computer language, Pascal, was named in his honor.
    He said: 'Man is obviously made to think. It is his whole dignity and his whole merit.'
    He thought up the idea of the 'Vacuum.'
    As a youngster, he sent some of his ideas to philosopher Rene Descartes, who thought his ideas could not possibly come from a youth.
    Descartes felt his theories on the vacuum were absurd (Descartes was wrong).
    Towards the end of his life he became deeply religious.
    He attended many church services and helped the poor.
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 12 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 12 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 11 Votes: 27.27% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 38 Votes: 42.11% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 85 Votes: 35.29% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 33 Votes: 39.39% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 129 Votes: 44.19% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 239 Votes: 40.59% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 241 Votes: 44.40% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 355 Votes: 44.79% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 622 Votes: 42.44% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 1788 Votes: 40.55% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 5052 Votes: 49.15% Annoying
 
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