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Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss Born on April 30 1777 was the prince of mathematicians the Archimedes of the nineteenth century He was born in Brunswick Duchy of Brunswick which is now called Germany Gauss was always mesmerized by mathematical ideas and had a premature obsession for numbers Gauss was born into a lower - class family His mother Dorothea Bentze was the semiliterate daughter of a stonemason and worked as a maid His father Gebhard Dietrich was a poorly - educated foreman gardener laborer of different trades and an assistant to a merchant and a treasurer of a small insurance fund Johann taught himself to read by the age of three His future was planned out for him he was to follow his father and learn a trade In 1788 when Gauss was in elementary school his intelligence for mathematics was first discovered He amazed his teachers when he added up in his head all the whole numbers from 1 to 100 Bttner the teacher who took most interest in Gauss had told The Duke of Brunswick Carl Wilhelm Ferdinand about the intelligent child The Duke sponsored Johann in 1791 so he could pursue his education In 1792 he enrolled in Collegium Carolinum In 1795 he entered Gottingham University which he left without a diploma and decided to graduate back at Collegium Carolinum in 1799 During the summer on 1801 twenty-four year old Gauss published his book Disquisitiones Arithmeticae which is considered one of the greatest mathematical pieces of all time He created the Ramsden eyepiece which is used in setting a telescope to a plane - reflecting surface He produced the Gauss Hypergeometric equations and formulas the Heptadecagon Error functions Interpolation formulae the Gauss-Jordon Elimination as well as his own theorem He produced Gaussian Distribution Elimination Function Image point Units and Wave groups Also he created his own Law for Gravitation his Law for Magnetic Medium and his Law of Normal Gravitational Force
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