The Life Of Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German mathematician, physicist and
astronomer. He is considered to be the greatest mathematician of his time,
equal to the likes of Archimedes and Isaac Newton. He is frequently called
the founder of modern mathematics. It must also be noted that his work in
the fields of astronomy and physics (especially the study of
electromagnetism) is nearly as significant as that in mathematics. He also
contributed much to crystallography, optics, biostatistics and mechanics.
Gauss was born in Braunschweig, or Brunswick, Duchy of Brunswick (now
Germany) on April 30, 1777 to a peasant couple. There exists many
anecdotes referring to his extraordinary feats of ...

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ability to sum the integers from 1 to 100
by spotting that the sum was 50 pairs of numbers each pair summing 101.
In 1788, Gauss began his education at the Gymnasium with the help of
Buttner and Bartels, where he distinguished himself in the ancient
languages of High German and Latin and mathematics. At the age of 14 Gauss
was presented to the duke of Brunswick - Wolfenbuttel, at court where he
was permitted to exhibit his computing skill. His abilities impressed the
duke so much that the duke generously supported Gauss until the duke's
death in 1806. Gauss conceived almost all of his fundamental mathematical
discoveries between the ages of 14 and 17. In 1791 he began to do totally
new and innovative work in mathematics. With the stipend he received from
the duke, Gauss entered Brunswick Collegium Carolinum in 1792. At the
academy Gauss independently discovered Bode's law, the binomial theorem and
the arithmetic-geometric mean, as well as the law of quadratic ...

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work, Disquisitiones Arithmeticae. With this discovery he gave up
his intention to study languages and turned to mathematics.
Gauss left Gottingen in 1798 without a diploma. He returned to
Brunswick where he received a degree in 1799. The Duke of Brunswick
requested that Gauss submit a doctoral dissertation to the University of
Helmstedt, with Pfaff chosen to be his advisor. Gauss's dissertation was a
discussion of the fundamental theorem of algebra. He submitted proof that
every algebraic equation has at least one root, or solution. This theorem,
which had challenged mathematicians for centuries, is still called “the
fundamental theorem of algebra.”
Because he received a ...

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