Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal (/pæˈskæl, pɑːˈskɑːl/; French: [blɛz paskal]; 19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal’s earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalising the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defence of the scientific method.

In 1642, while still a teenager, he started some pioneering work on calculating machines. After three years of effort and 50 prototypes, he built 20 finished machines (called Pascal’s calculators and later Pascalines) over the following 10 years, establishing him as one of the first two inventors of the mechanical calculator.

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      Blaise Pascal
      Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer and Catholic Theologian
      June 19, 1623, Clermont-Ferrand, France
      August 19, 1662, Paris, France

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Invention of the Piston Engine

Christiaan Huygens, the Dutch scientist invented the piston engine in 1673. The design had one piston powered by gunpowder, when a small charge detonated in the cylinder, it pushed the piston and turned a crank. It was a crude internal combustion engine.

      Christiaan Huygens

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    Huygens, however, became interested in the mechanical power of the vacuum, and the possibility of using gunpowder to produce one. In 1678 he outlined a gunpowder engine consisting of a vertical tube containing a piston. Gunpowder was inserted into the tube and lit through a small hole at the base, like a cannon.
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    A gunpowder engine, also known as an explosion engine or Huygens’ engine, is a type of internal combustion engine using gunpowder as its fuel. … Huygens presented a paper on his invention in 1680, A New Motive Power by Means …. Christiaan Huygens, FRS (or ; Dutch: [ˈɦœyɣə(n)s] (listen); Latin: Hugenius; 14 April …
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    Jun 8, 2012 – Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens proposed the earliest theory … Working as an astronomer, physicist, mathematician and inventor, … Other inventions by Huygens included his design of an internal combustion engine in …

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