Carl Friedrich Gauss

Date of birth : 30/04/1777 Date of death : 23/02/1855 Birth location:Brunswick, Germany Nationality :German Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German mathematician, who is said to have provided the first evidence of algebraeic theoroms. After being granted money from the Duke of Brunswick, who thought he had potential, gauss went to a good college. From 1792-95, he formulated the least squares method, a method for solving equations with more unknowns than equations. His first books on tghe subject were published when he was 24. He is sometimes referred to as the prince of mathematics. There are some stories surrounding him. One of these is that at the age of 3, he corrected his father's finance calculations (mentally), while his dad was working it out on paper. Probably the most famous story it that in primary school after the Gauss misbehaved, his teacher gave him a task: add the numbers from 1 to 100. Gauss produced the correct answer within seconds. Gauss probably used pairwise addition, which just states that 1+100=101, 2+99=101, 3+98=101, 4+97=101... As there are 50 such pairs that total 101, the last being 50+51=101, 101 is multiplied by 50 to find the total. 101 X 50=5050. Outside of mathematics, he was very successful in physics, especially astranomy, with one of his findings calculayting the orbits of minor planets Ceres and Pallas. By Dhanyal Demmar