# Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss

**Topics:**Carl Friedrich Gauss, Asteroid, Ceres

**Pages:**4 (1212 words)

**Published:**February 9, 2013

Not to brag, but I was a total genius! When I was 21, I made my first discovery which was to make me famous. I had completed Disquisitiones Arithmeticae. But it was not published until 1801. My book was so great that it shaped the field of number studies all the way to the this day. Don't ask me how I know this because I can tell you I discovered this when I was in heaven.

I was so talented that the Duke of Braunschweig sent me to one of the most prestigious schools at the time, Collegium Carolinum. I studied there from 1792 to 1795 and then transferred to the University of Göttingen and studied there from 1795 to 1798. While I was still in university, I rediscovered several important theorems. But my breakthrough occurred in 1796 when he was able to prove that any regular polygon with a number of sides which is a Fermat prime can be constructed by using just a compass and straightedge. Amazing isn't it! This was a significant discovery in the field of construction. This discovery influenced me to take mathematics as a career. You know I was so pleased by my result that I requested for a regular heptadecagon, a 17-sided shape, to be engraved on my tombstone! But the stonemason declined, complaining that a heptadecagon would pretty much look like a circle.

The year 1796 was the most productive for me. On 30 March, I discovered a way to construct a heptadecagon. On 8 April, I became the first to prove the quadratic...

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