Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) was a French philosopher, mathematician, scientist, inventor, and theologian. One of the most influential thinkers of the seventeenth century, he made historic contributions to mathematics and physical science as well as to philosophy and religion, propagating beliefs that encouraged the experience of God through the heart rather than through reason.
In this highly personal account of Pascal’s life and work, Rosalind Henderson explores his history and aspects of his thought through short, easily read passages, presenting them with her own poetical responses. Written In a simple and accessible style, the poems suggest ways in which Pascal’s thoughts would have been received in the seventeenth century, and how they could be received by modern readers.
Rosalind Henderson has loved and revered Pascal all her life – not as a mathematician or philosopher, but as a fellow human, struggling to find a place in and make sense of a troubling world, who has found that Pascal’s great work of wisdom, the Pensées, is still greatly relevant to the problems facing our own age. She lives on Anglesey, North Wales.