Carl Friedrich Gauss is absolutely one of my favorite mathematicians of all time, contributing to a wide variety of fields. For my money he’s in the top 3, but by any objective measure he should be considered among the brightest lights in the history of Mathematics.
Guass made important contributions to geometry, number theory and much more – even astronomy! Read on for some of the highlights of the amazing body of work he produced. In fact, he made progress in many areas and never even published the results! He said that proofs should not be published when first discovered, rather one should keep searching for the “best” proof.
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