The famous French mathematician Blaise Pascal of the 17th century proves that gambling may not be an end as much as a means. It can be an excellent exercise for the mind. He was an intelligent mathematician ahead of his time.
In his work, Pascal replaces luck and chance with statistics and calculations based on his mathematical mind. That was not at all normal at the time. Gamblers at the time believed in luck, divine intention, and all kinds of other mystical predictions. While people may still be superstitious today, most gamblers today are more down-to-earth and are more likely to use strategies than divine intent.
Pascal didn’t really believe in this, he started experimenting and believed in mathematics. According to him, those fluctuations of happiness were secondary. He proceeded with the help of his method of “mathematical expectation”, from which the French scientist calculated thoroughly certain values. “Pascal’s triangle” or where the theory of probabilities fails.
One of his results was the arithmetic triangle. If you could apply it you could foresee what the different gains would be. To ordinary people, Pascal’s triangle looked more like magic tables of kabbalists or a mystical Buddhist mandala.
It almost got religious sensations from uneducated gamblers. The public in the 17th century already saw how you could predict catastrophes and disasters in the distant future.
Pascal’s invention is even more astonishing because the famous triangle was known to Islamic mathematicians. Religious many centuries ago. All of this proves yet again that mathematical patterns are a process regardless of time and space. His connections brought much controversy to gambling houses and aristocratic mansions in France at the time.