Blaise Pascal was a French polymath who co-invented probability theory, contributed to fluid mechanics, built an early mechanical calculator, and contributed to philosophy. He is famous for his philosophical wager (now known as Pascal’s wager), his Pascal’s triangle which relates to probability, and a unit of pressure is named after him called “the Pascal”.

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Charles Babbage is the Father of the Computer Fact

Charles Babbage can be considered “the father of the computer” as he invented the first mechanical computer (the Difference Engine 1822) and ”the first general-purpose computer” (the Analytical Engine 1837).

Nature Abhors a Vacuum Fact

Aristotle once postulated “horror vacui” (Nature Abhors a Vacuum). It turns out nature really can’t stand a perfect vacuum.

Ada Lovelace Wrote the First Computer Program Myth

British mathematician Ada Lovelace can be considered the mother of computer programing, as she wrote the first complex algorithm meant to be carried out by a machine. However, it is a myth that Ada Lovelace wrote “the first computer program” or was “the first computer programmer”, that title belongs to Charles Babbage.