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INSIDE THE MIND OF BLAISE PASCAL, BLAISE LABORATORIES AND DISTILLERY, BAMBERG

OCTOBER, 1637

 

History would not have been overly kind to Blaise Pascal.

His accomplishments as laid down in various encyclopediae were mostly intellectual and he had, in the end, died alone and childless. Even his similar triangle theory stumped most up-timers until he showed them, using a simple tool a forester used to measure the height of trees. It was beautiful in a way it appeared only he appreciated.

Yes, he could do most of the math in his head but it was as romantic as kissing his own hand. If Logan Sebastian wasn’t going to drop him like a poorly-factored third-order algebraic equation he needed to ‘do’ something more tangible than playing mind games with right triangles. Even Pythagoras wasn’t enough. Logan understood the Pythagorean Theorem but saved her true passion for more physical things. Right triangles were cold and empty in her mind. Logan demanded things she could touch and hear and see.

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