- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Greenleaf Press (December 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1882514173
- ISBN-13: 978-1882514175
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Piece of the Mountain:The Story of Blaise Pascal
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About the Author
Joyce McPherson is the author of five biographies for young people. She has a BS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia State University. She has written about the vibrant faith of famous men in a variety of fields. Her lively biographies illustrate the impact of the Christian worldview in Western Civilization. She is also the mother of nine children. In her spare time she enjoys reading history, working with young people, and directing Shakespeare plays.
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Top customer reviews
This is far from what I had expected. I expected a biography of a brilliant
man but got an unapologetic evangelical polemic aimed at an elementary school student level. Monsieur Pascal would be rolling in dismay in his grave. It plays (to say the least) VERY fast and loose with the facts, at least as far as I can ascertain them from other sources. Pascal's famous "bet" does not fit well with this born again account of evangelical revelation and certainty. The truth of a terrifying Church/Inquisition demanding supremacy over all including reason peeks through the cracks in the lines here but historical truth is a largely a "left behind" casualty.
Before I had read this book, I didn't know much about Pascal's scientific experiments or his contributions to French society. This book has also cleared up a lot of the background concerning Pascal's writings. It is well written and highly entertaining.
It is exactly what I was looking for; a book written at a younger
person's level about a very important and "heady" mathematician - turned