By Jordan Brunk, Amazing Kid from History Editor and Contributing Writer
Blaise Pascal is an amazing kid from history. He was born in Clermont-Ferrand, France, on June 19, 1623. Blaise shows us to always keep studying and never give up what we believe in doing even if it is hard. He was born the third child to his parents and was the only boy in his family besides his father. In the year 1631, Blaise’s father moved them to Paris, France. Knowing that Blaise was already very smart for his age, his father home-schooled him to so that he knew Blaise could express himself fully.
Blaise’s father really wanted him to focus on learning other languages, such as Latin and Greek, so he would be able to speak them fluently; however, Blaise was more interested in geometry and mathematics. Because of the amount of time Blaise spent studying and learning math over his languages, Blaise’s father took his math books away.
With his math books and materials gone, Blaise only wanted to learn more math. He was able to draw figures and find out the relationships between angles and their degree measures all by himself. It was later said that Blaise discovered many of the math terms Euclid also discovered in geometry. Showing his father what he learned, he permitted Blaise to read books by Euclid and present his findings to the math scholars at the time.
After moving again and becoming very religious, Blaise continued to study, still at a young age. He learned about physical sciences and also motion. He also learned about probability as he created a roulette machine. Additionally, he made a wristwatch and wrote books about what he had learned, so other people could learn, too.
Blaise Pascal did so many awesome things, and we can learn from how he lived his life. His perseverance about continuing to learn math even though his books were taken away shows us that we should also never give up what we enjoy doing. From seeing how much Blaise studied, it also shows us that we can study, too, because what we learn in school will really help prepare us for later life.
Blaise teaches us to follow our dreams and to keep doing what we love to do and are passionate about. He tells us that even though we are young, we can still be great students and accomplish a lot in school and in life. In this way, Blaise Pascal truly is an amazing kid from history.