Nature begins again (thought 121)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’22s, 2021).
9 January 2021. Published by Benoît Labourdette.
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Thinking the mystery of life through mathematics.

Text of the “thought 121” by Blaise Pascal

Text located on page 423 of the original manuscript.

Nature always starts over again the same things, years, days, hours; spaces, likewise, and numbers are end to end one after the other. Thus a kind of infinite and eternal is made. It is not that there is anything infinite, eternal about all this, but these finite beings multiply infinitely. So it seems to me that only the number that multiplies them is infinite.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a philosopher, engineer and mathematician of genius. Among other major scientific and philosophical advances, he invented and built the first mechanical calculating machine in 1645, thus laying the concrete foundations of computer science. The “Thoughts” are a collection of very short texts, divided into many themes, which were found after the death of Blaise Pascal. The “Thoughts” are Blaise Pascal’s most illustrious and striking work, which is also very accessible. This series of films, directed by Benoît Labourdette and others in various contexts, is based on (...)