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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Flammarion (6 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2081210266
  • ISBN-13: 978-2081210264
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 1 x 11 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,183,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Blaise Pascal (1623-62) left his mark on mathematics, physics, religious controversy and literature. A convert to Jansenism, he engaged in passionate debate with the Jesuits the results of which are the Lettres Provincales, on which, with Pensées, his fame now rests. He is regarded by many as the greatest of French prose stylists.

A J Krailsheimer was Tutor in French at Christ Church, Oxford and translated widely from the French.

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By david 1234 on 5 Aug. 2009
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Pascal in this work manifests a profound and damaged soul. He is a real giant of the heart and mind. And as a pronounced atheist, i nevertheless regard this work as one of the most insightful and honest books i've ever read. Definitely not for the feint-hearted, this book is very dark in places and also quite fearless. Pascal is a kind of Nietzschean Christian, someone who reflects with his whole being and, unlike most thinkers, someone who actually takes thinking very seriously. A wonderful, if heartbreaking, book.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 1998
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A great physicist, mathematician, writer and theologist, Pascal was also the inventor, and builder, of the first calculating machine. Pensees is of a rarely attained beauty. To reach its equal you must go to the very best poetry.To wit: "Le silence eternel de ces espaces infinies m'effraie", that is, the eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. The rest is silence, as his equally talented fellow said.
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Pascal is a master ... this shows why history is right to remember him.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Nov. 2012
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Haven't read it all yet but so far its great. The translation is a good one. IT is full of quotable s. I love the way this man thought. It is surprisingly easy to read. Here is one of my favourite quotes, 'The heart has reason that reason knows not of' Shall keep dipping into it.
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