They Took Away His Books

“To understand is to forgive.”  BlaisePascal Today, in 1623, Blaise Pascal, a child prodigy, was born in the town Clermont-Ferrand, France.  While his time on earth would be cut short by ill-health, his accomplishments were extraordinary.  His first mathematical treatise was completed by the age of sixteen; by nineteen, he constructed the first calculator –…