The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Pascal, Blaise (1623–1662)

  • A. W. F. Edwards
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Pascal was born on 19 June 1623 in Clermont, France, and died on 19 August 1662. In 1631 his father Etienne Pascal moved to Paris in order to secure his son a better education. In 1635 Etienne was one of the founders of Marin Mersenne’s ‘Academy’, to which he introduced his son at the age of 14, and Blaise immediately put this new source of knowledge to good use, producing (at the age of 16) his famous Essai pour les coniques.


Expectations Fermat, P. de Pascal, B. Probability 

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  • A. W. F. Edwards
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