Pascal's Wager: The Man Who Played Dice with God by James A. Connor

By James A. Connor

In an enormous biography of Blaise Pascal, James Connor explores either the highbrow massive whose concept of likelihood cleared the path for modernity and the religious non secular mystic who dared observe chance to religion.

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Witchcraft trials begin in Scotland. Francis Bacon publishes the Novum organum. Bonesetting becomes a science. Thirty Years’ War begins in Prague. 1623 PASCAL June 19: Blaise Pascal born in Clermont, the son of Étienne Pascal, a minor noble and government official, and Antoinette Pascal, née Begon. FRANCE Erotomania first mentioned as a mental illness. Phillipe de Mornay dies. EUROPE AND THE NEW WORLD August 6: Urban VIII Barberini elected pope. Would order the trial of Galileo. Wilhelm Schickard invents the calculating clock, a first attempt at a computer.

The frondeurs and the French government sign the Peace of Rueil. Jansen’s Augustinus denounced at the Sorbonne. EUROPE AND THE NEW WORLD January 30: Charles I of England is beheaded. September 2: The Italian city of Castro is destroyed by the forces of Innocent X. 1650 PASCAL FRANCE René Descartes dies in Sweden. EUROPE AND THE NEW WORLD Christopher Scheiner, great Jesuit antagonist of Galileo Galilei, dies. 1651–1653 PASCAL FRANCE Rise of the Ormée movement in Bordeaux. EUROPE AND THE NEW WORLD 1651 PASCAL September 24: Death of Étienne Pascal.

But when the old woman found the cat outside the window, it was already dead. To complete the cure, the witch then gathered common herbs from the garden and, after mixing them with flour, placed them on the boy’s navel. Suddenly, little Blaise fell into a coma and looked as if he had fallen dead, just like the cat. Étienne called for the doctor, who arrived and examined the boy, and then told the distraught parents that their son had indeed died, that he was sorry, that there was nothing he could do.

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