Finesse and geometry – Pascal – Science IEP 2013

A reflection on the ,
theme of the contest of the , by Pascal.

Blaise Pascal

In the Pensées, 513, a note by Blaise Pascal on science
is reported :

Thoughts, 513

“For judgment is the one to whom feeling belongs, as the sciences belong to the mind
sciences belong to the mind. The finesse is the part of the judgment, the
geometry is that of the mind.
To mock philosophy is really to philosophize.”

Short biography of Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal was born in 1623 in Clermont-Ferrand on June 19. He arrived in Paris
in 1631, then in Rouen in 1639. The following year he published his first essay
: Essai sur les coniques. In 1642, he tried to build
construction of a calculating machine. Six years later, he set up
a famous experiment at the puy de Dôme and at the Saint-Jacques tower in Paris. His
life is marked by health problems. The Thoughts are a work
published posthumously in 1669, from the fragments he left behind
behind him.
He lived at the time of Corneille, La Rochefoucaud, La Fontaine, Molière (older)
older); Madame de Sévigné, Bossuet, Boileau, Racine, La Bruyère (younger)