Pascal’s Fire

Posted July 6, 2016 1:52 am by Robert Royal

Pascal’s Fire

I’ve been thinking a lot about Blaise Pascal (1623-62) lately, a great mathematician and scientist, as well as a great Christian apologist and controversialist. Imagine, say, Stephen Hawking crossed with Hillaire Belloc, and you start to take the measure of the man – a very useful type in an age of seemingly endless controversy.
In the mid-seventeenth century, people began to feel the collapse of the old geocentric science, “tis all in pieces, all coherence gone,” John Donne wrote at the time. The ancient Ptolemaic system with earth at the bottom (not “the center,” as C. S. Lewis shows in his

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