If you are a lover of the history of mathematics, then I am sure that you will be interested to read the translation of the actual Fermat-Pascal correspondence. In the letters the two mathematicians discussed solutions to gambling problems. These discussions eventually led to understanding of the modern concepts of probability.

Blaise Pascal was a known mathematician, physicist, philospher and inventor in his time. He was also famous for inventing the pascal’s calculator, the first mechanical calculator that could perform automatic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Pierre Fermat, on the other hand, was an amateur mathematician (he was a lawyer by profession) who made significant contributions in number theory, analytic geometry, and probability. One of his famous conjectures was the Fermat’s Last Theorem.

I browsed through the conversation and like a program my first reaction was intimidation as I am reading a conversation between two mathematicians and I am not sure if I will feel inadequate as they exchange mathematical jargon. But after I get over that feeling, I actually enjoyed the exchanges as I learned now how this two men became from mere acquaintances to friends because of a common love – which is Math and Probability.

I guess my point is, even the most intellectual discussions between experts can still be moved and influence by our personal experiences and feelings as the relationship is prolonged and grows deeper.

Looking forward to more insights from you and I hope I can also hear your personal thoughts about your share so we can exchange ideas about Math. 🙂

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