Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss


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Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss

Born 1777 in Brunswick, Germany, died 1855 in Göttingen, Germany

Gauss was one of those rare mathematicians who had an impressive capability in the subject from an early age. When he was seven, Gauss apparently spotted the pattern for summing up all integers to 101. See a worksheet on that by clicking here.

When he was told by his long-standing friend, Farkas Bolyai, that his son, Janos, had invented a type of geometry that was later to be called non-Euclidean, Gauss replied that he had thought of the same problem, and formulated it but never published, some fifteen years before.

He was a hard-working man, and unfaltering in his dedication to mathematics who continued working even at most difficult of the times in his life. His students were also to become very famous mathematicians in their own right.

See some other famous mathematicians.

And you can see some famous mathematicians when they were children or teenagers.

See more about non-Euclidean geometry.

And about Euclid and his Elements.


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