# Difference between revisions of "Carl Friedrich Gauss"

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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 integers 1-100 in the first grade and proving that a 17-gon was constructable. He even asked for a 17-gon to be put on his tombstone. | + | Among his many accomplishments were quickly calculating the sum of the integers 1-100 in the first grade and proving that a 17-gon -or any n-gon where n is a fermat prime- was constructable. 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. | Gauss has several mathematical and physics terms named after him including the Gaussian integers, Gaussian distributions, and Gauss's Law. |

## Revision as of 04:00, 28 January 2008

**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 1-100 in the first grade and proving that a 17-gon -or any n-gon where n is a fermat prime- was constructable. 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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