Gauss, Carl Friedrich

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Gauss was a German scientist and mathematician. People call him the

founder of modern mathematics. He also worked in astronomy and physics.

His work in astronomy and physics is nearly as significant as that in

mathematics. Gauss also worked in crystallography, optics, biostatisics,

and mechanics.

Gauss was born on April 30, 1777 in Brunswick. Brunswick is what is now

called West Germany, He was born to peasant couple. Gauss's father didn't

want Gauss to go to a University. In elementary school he soon impressed

his teacher, who is said to have convinced Gauss's father that his son

should be permitted to study with a view toward entering a university. In

secondary school nobody recognize his talent for math and science because

he rapidly distinguished himself in ancient languages. When Gauss was 14

he impressed the duke of Brunswick with his computing skill.

The duke was

so impressed that he generously supported Gauss until his death in 1806.

Gauss conceived almost all his basic mathematical discoveries between the

ages of 14 and 17. In 1791 he began to do totally new and innovative work

in mathematics. In 1793-94 he did intensive research in number theory,

especially on prime number. He made this his life's passion and is regarded

as its modern founder.

Gauss studied at the University of Gottingen from 1795 to 1798. He soon

decided to write a book on the theory of numbers. It appeared in 1801

under the title 'Disquisitiones arithmeticae'. This classic work usually

is held to be Gauss's greatest accomplishment. Gauss discovered on March

30, 1796, that circle, using only compassses and straightedge the first

such discovery in Euclidean construction in more than 2,00 years.

His interest turned to...