A serious discussion of the work of Pascal, with something of his personal life. Such an austere and profoundly religious man had little time for the romantic aspects of life so his biography is assober as the man himself. Thorough, often brilliant piece of scholarship, thoroughly documented, the type of work invaluable for any piece of research on the man or his work. Too scholarly for popular sale, but important for public and college reference libraries and for study groups. His contribution was so far-reaching that the interest extends beyond literary circles into the fields of mathematics, physics and philosophy.