Carl Friedrich Gauss

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Carl Friedrich Gauss

Kevin Jean-Charles
August 10, 1996
Seq. Math Course 2
Period 1&2

This report is on Carl Friedrich Gauss. 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, biostatistics, and Making mechanics.

Gauss was born on April 30, 1777 in Brunswick. Brunswick is what is now called West Germany. He was born to a 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 is 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 numbers. 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 compasses and straightedge the first such discovery in Euclidean construction in more than 2,000 years.

His interest turned to astronomy in April 1799, and that field occupied his attention for the remainder of his...