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'''Carl Friedrich Gauss''' was a German [[mathematician]] and [[scientist]] who lived from April 30, 1777 to February 23, 1855.
 
'''Carl Friedrich Gauss''' was a German [[mathematician]] and [[scientist]] who lived from April 30, 1777 to February 23, 1855.
  
Among his many accomplishments were quickly calculating the sum of the [[integer]]s from 1 to 100 in the first grade and proving that a 17-gon (or any <math>n</math>-gon where <math>n</math> is a [[Fermat prime]]) is constructable.  He even asked for a 17-gon to be put on his tombstone.
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Among his many accomplishments were quickly calculating the sum of the [[integer]]s from 1 to 100 in the first grade and proving that a 17-gon (or any <math>n</math>-gon where <math>n</math> is a [[Fermat prime]]) is [[constructible polygon | constructible]].  He even asked for a 17-gon to be put on his tombstone.
  
 
Gauss has several mathematical and physics terms named after him including the [[Gaussian integer]]s, [[Gaussian distribution]]s, and [[Gauss's Law]].
 
Gauss has several mathematical and physics terms named after him including the [[Gaussian integer]]s, [[Gaussian distribution]]s, and [[Gauss's Law]].

Latest revision as of 07:40, 21 August 2009

Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German mathematician and scientist who lived from April 30, 1777 to February 23, 1855.

Among his many accomplishments were quickly calculating the sum of the integers from 1 to 100 in the first grade and proving that a 17-gon (or any $n$-gon where $n$ is a Fermat prime) is constructible. He even asked for a 17-gon to be put on his tombstone.

Gauss has several mathematical and physics terms named after him including the Gaussian integers, Gaussian distributions, and Gauss's Law.

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