Blaise Pascal

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The French seventeenth century philosopher, Blaise Pascal was also a mathematician, physicist and master of prose. A child prodigy, Pascal had numerous interests and an innovative, untiring mind, making a significant contribution to a range of fields and studies. He laid the foundation for the modern theory of probabilities, formulating what came to be known as Pascal’s principle of pressure. He also propagated a religious doctrine that taught the experience of God through the heart rather than reason. An important mathematician, he went on to strongly influence the development of modern economics and social science. Pascal’s most celebrated work is ‘Pensées’ (Thoughts), a collection of fragments left unfinished at his early death. It is a treatise on spirituality, representing a defense of the Christian religion, introducing the famous concept of “Pascal’s wager”. This comprehensive eBook presents Pascal’s collected (almost complete) works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Pascal’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the texts
* All of the major works, with individual contents tables
* Multiple translations of ‘Pensées’
* Features rare treatises appearing for the first time in digital publishing, including George Pearce’s seminal translations of uncollected ‘Thoughts’
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Rare letters and fragments, available in no other recollection
* Special criticism section, with four essays evaluating Pascal’s contribution to philosophy
* Features two biographies – discover Pascal’s incredible life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and genres


The Books
Essay on Conics (1639) (Tr. Frances Marguerite Clarke)
The Provincial Letters (1657) (Tr. Thomas M’Crie)
On the Geometrical Spirit (1658) (Tr. Orlando Williams Wight)
On the Art of Persuasion (1658) (Tr. Orlando Williams Wight)
Thoughts (1670) (Tr. Charles K. Paul and William Finlayson Trotter)
Thoughts on Eloquence and Style (Tr. George Pearce)
Miscellaneous Thoughts (Tr. George Pearce)
Thoughts on the Jesuits and the Jansenists (Tr. George Pearce)
Thoughts and Notes for the Provincial Letters (Tr. George Pearce)
On the Pope and the Church (Tr. George Pearce)
Conversation on Religion (Tr. George Pearce)
Letters and Minor Works (Tr. Mary L. Booth and Orlando Williams Wight)

The Criticism
Port Royal and the Jesuits: Blaise Pascal (1866)
Pascal (1898) by Leslie Stephen
Pascal (1900) by William Cleaver Wilkinson
Pascal (1916) by John Cowper Powys

The Biographies
Pascal (1878) by John Tulloch
Blaise Pascal (1911) by George Chrystal

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