Gauss: Titan of Scienceby Waldo Dunnington, Fritz-Egbert Dohse
Pub. Date: 10/28/2002
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
This biography of Gauss, by far the most comprehensive in English, is the work of a professor of German, G. Waldo Dunnington, who devoted most of his scholarly career to studying the life of Germany's greatest mathematician. The author was inspired to pursue this project at the age of twelve when he learned from his teacher in Missouri that no full biography of Gauss existed at the time. His teacher was Gauss's great granddaughter, Minna Waldeck Gauss. Long out of print and almost impossible to find on the used book market, this valuable piece of scholarship is being reissued in an augmented form with introductory remarks, an expanded and updated bibliography, and a commentary on Gauss's mathematical diary, by the eminent British mathematical historian, Jeremy Gray.
Table of Contents1. Introduction: family background; 2. The enchanted boyhood; 3. Student days; 4. The young man; 5. Astronomy and matrimony; 6. Further activity; 7. Back to Göttingen; 8. Labour and sorrow; 9. The young professor: a decade of discovery, 1812-1822; 10. Geodesy and bereavement: the transitional decade, 1822-1832; 11. Alliance with Weber: strenuous years; 12. The electromagnetic telegraph; 13. Magnetism: physics dominant; 14. Surface theory, crystallography, and optics; 15. Germination: non-Euclidean geometry; 16. Trials and triumphs: experiencing conflict; 17. Milestones on the highways and byways; 18. Senex mirabilis; 19. Monarch of mathematics in Europe; 20. The doyen of German science, 1832-1855; 21. Gathering up the threads: a broad horizon; 22. Religio Scientiae: a profession of belief from the philosopher and lover of truth; 23. Sunset and eventide: renunciation; 24. Epilogue: 1. Apotheosis: orations of Ewald and Sartorious; 2. Valhalla: posthumous recognition and honours; Appendices; Index.
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