High School Math

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Monday, January 03, 2005



Karl Friedrich Gauss was born in Brunswick, Germany, to a poor, unknown family. His father worked at various jobs as a stone cutter, gardener, canal worker, and foreman for a masonry firm. He was to follow in his father's foot steps, but eventually his father conceded to allow his gifted son to receive an education.Born with a natural knack for math and reasoning, he was a child prodigy. At his first arithmetic class, he instantly solved the sum of numbers from one to one-hundred. Gauss knew as much as his teachers at age ten, so there was nothing more they could teach him. Influential people were aroused by his genius. He went on to the University of Gottingen for the three years between 1795 and 1798.

Gauss made many mathematical discoveries, and finally published them in 1801 in the book that achieved him the recognition as a mathematical genius when he was only 24 years old: Disquisitiones Arithmeticae.Gauss's achievements were extraordinary in theoretical astronomy rather than mathematics. He created a theory of planetary and cometary orbit that included the gravitational affect of the planets as well as of the sun. With this he calculated the orbits of planetoids between Mars and Jupiter. Neptune was the first planet discovered through the use of this method. He studied other subjects as well: physics, mechanics, and theoretical astronomy, and made many discoveries in these areas.

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