Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), mainly known as a pious philosopher and theologian, was also a mathematician and physicist. In 1645, he invented the first mechanical calculating machine (the “Pascaline”). A machine capable of making additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions more reliably and faster than human beings...

In my opinion, this first “calculator” is really the origin of the “computer” (in English, we say “calculateur”, whereas in French, “ordinateur” means “organizer”, which is a more poetic but less accurate version of the thing, because in these machines, basically, everything is only calculation). I situate the Pascaline, more than three centuries ago, as the starting point of the future of computing.



A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’30s, 2020).

Facing the power of the world, what is the specificity of the human being, his deepest essence?

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’45s, 2021).

Digital meditation.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (4’15s, 2020).

The paradox of knowing there’s so much we don’t know. Issue Can a film be a philosophical support? I.e. to be a tool to open up to the activity of thinking about the world. I think so.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’22s, 2021).

Thinking the mystery of life through mathematics.

Film by Benoît Labourdette (2’47 s, 2016).

Is reality more real than dream, or both are equal ? Based on the “Thoughts” by Blaise Pascal (17th century).

A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’22s, 2019).

Where the activity of writing takes us unwittingly into unfathomable depths.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (3’18s, 2011).

Invent a tale. Ground the story into reality. Why does the shape of the tale in 2011 ? Probably to make again metaphor, universal. A simple love story.

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 (...)

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