Karl Gauss: Biography


Karl Gauss lived from 1777 to 1855. He was a German mathematician,
physician, and astronomer. He was born in Braunschweig, Germany, on April 30th,
1777. His family was poor and uneducated. His father was a gardener and a
merchant's assistant.
At a young age, Gauss taught himself how to read and count, and it is
said that he spotted a mistake in his father's calculations when he was only
three. Throughout the rest of his early schooling, he stood out remarkably from
the rest of the students, and his teachers persuaded his father to train him for
a profession rather than learn trade.
His skills were noticed while he was in high school, and at age 14 he
was sent to the Duke of ...

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the world. He was invited to work in Leningrad, was made a member of the Royal
Society in London, and was invited membership to the Russian and French
Academies of Sciences. However, he remained in his hometown in Germany until
his death in 1855.

Acomplishments

During his Teen years, Karl Gauss developed many mathematical theories
and proofs, but these would not be recognized for decades because of his lack of
publicity and publication experience. He discovered what we now call Bode's Law,
and the principle of squares, which we use to find the best fitting curve to a
group of observations.
Having just finished some work in quadratic residues in 1795, Karl Gauss
moved to the University to access the works of previous mathematicians. He
quickly began work on a book about the theory of numbers, which is seen as his
greatest accomplishment. This book was a summary of the work that had been
established up to the time, and contained questions that are still ...

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