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# A Biography of Carl Gauss

Carl Gauss was a man who is known for making a great deal breakthroughs in the wide variety of his work in both mathematics and physics He is responsible for immeasurable contributions to the fields of number theory analysis differential geometry geodesy magnetism astronomy and optics as well as many more The concepts that he himself created have had an immense influence in many areas of the mathematic and scientific world Carl Gauss was born Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss on the thirtieth of April 1777 in Brunswick Duchy of Brunswick now Germany Gauss was born into an impoverished family raised as the only son of a bricklayer Despite the hard living conditions Gausss brilliance shone through at a young age At the age of only two years the young Carl gradually learned from his parents how to pronounce the letters of the alphabet Carl then set to teaching himself how to read by sounding out the combinations of the letters Around the time that Carl was teaching himself to read aloud he also taught himself the meanings of number symbols and learned to do arithmetical calculations When Carl Gauss reached the age of seven he began elementary school His potential for brilliance was recognized immediately Gausss teacher Herr Buttner had assigned the class a difficult problem of addition in which the students were to find the sum of the integers from one to one hundred While his classmates toiled over the addition Carl sat and pondered the question He invented the shortcut formula on the spot and wrote down the correct answer Carl came to the conclusion that the sum of the integers was 50 pairs of numbers each pair summing to one hundred and one thus simple multiplication followed and the answer could be found This act of sheer genius was so astounding to Herr Buttner that the teacher took the young Gauss under his wing and taught him fervently on

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