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Carl Friedrich Gauss

Carl Friedrich Gauss

by Krista West
     
 
Over the course of his lifetime, Carl Friedrich Gauss made multiple discoveries in the field of pure mathematics, and applied some of his discoveries to astronomy and mapping the earth. He solved problems that mathematicians had been pondering for thousands of years. He wrote mathematical formulas to determine the orbits of planets, the dates on a calendar, and to

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Over the course of his lifetime, Carl Friedrich Gauss made multiple discoveries in the field of pure mathematics, and applied some of his discoveries to astronomy and mapping the earth. He solved problems that mathematicians had been pondering for thousands of years. He wrote mathematical formulas to determine the orbits of planets, the dates on a calendar, and to minimize errors in observations. And he was the first person to use electrical current to communicate: he invented the first telegraph.

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Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
Part of the "Profiles in Mathematics" series, this volume contains a tremendous amount of information. The result is that the book occasionally sounds like an information dump. Anecdotal stories come off as very dry. Gauss had a strong, intuitive feel for math and could see beyond what he was taught. From the age of three, he was correcting math for other people. Because this fact about his past is emphasized, Gauss comes off as disagreeable in this biography even though that does not appear to be the author's intent. Also, the book is sometimes a bit jumbled. Personal life, politics, and mathematical discoveries appear within one page. Living from 1777 to 1855, Gauss was at the forefront of a number of important mathematical and scientific discoveries. His innovations in pure math included several elegant proofs, the method of least squares (still used today), and non-Euclidean geometry. He made important discoveries in astronomy and in electromagnetism. He invented the heliotrope, an instrument for surveying land, and an electronic forerunner to the telegraph. In his personal life, he was very devoted to his family and friends. The author presents all of this information within 100 pages, while trying to explain the political environment of the time. As a reference book for young people, though, it is very good. The illustrations, timeline, bibliography, website list, glossary, index, and sidebars are all very useful. Reviewer: Sue Poduska

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599350639
Publisher:
Morgan Reynolds Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Profiles in Mathematics Ser.
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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