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The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss [NOOK Book]

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Learn about the boy who - could read and add numbers when he was three years old, - thwarted his teacher by finding a quick and easy way to sum the numbers 1-100, - attracted the attention of a Duke with his genius, and became the man who... - predicted the reappearance of a lost planet, - discovered basic properties of magnetic forces, - invented a surveying tool used by professionals until the invention of lasers. Based on extensive research of original and secondary sources, this historical narrative will ...
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The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss

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Overview

Learn about the boy who - could read and add numbers when he was three years old, - thwarted his teacher by finding a quick and easy way to sum the numbers 1-100, - attracted the attention of a Duke with his genius, and became the man who... - predicted the reappearance of a lost planet, - discovered basic properties of magnetic forces, - invented a surveying tool used by professionals until the invention of lasers. Based on extensive research of original and secondary sources, this historical narrative will inspire young readers and even curious adults with its touching story of personal achievement.
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... a worthwhile book. It is nicely conceived, well researched, and thoughfully written and illustrated. We could use more books of this nature for young readers. I would recommend this book for middle school and secondary school library acquisition.
—Frank J. Swetz, Mathematics Teacher, February 2007

For teachers who value the impact that historical studies in mathematics can have on their students, who incorporate literature into their teaching, or who want to open up a world of mathematics often inaccessible to middle school students, this is an excellent source.
—M. Jayne Fleener, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, February 2007

This book is a novel about Gauss written so as to be comprehensible to young readers... a historical narrative resulting from extensive research of original and secondary sources.
—Peter Fillmore, CMS Notes, February 2007

exceptionally engaging treatment of Gauss' life and accomplishments spiced up here and there with just the right amount of mathematics; particularly suitable for young readers.
—Philip J. Davis, November 2005

In this book, young readers are transported back two centuries to the candlelit world of Carl Friedrich Gauss. M.B.W. Tent's charming tale follows Gauss from his working-class boyhood to the heights of European mathematics-a Horatio Algebra story if ever there was one.
—William Dunham, November 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568815244
  • Publisher: A K Peters
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,033,954
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

I Child prodigy (1777-1788) 1
Counting 3
Sums 11
The Duke of Braunschweig 21
The schoolroom 25
Arithmetic 33
Early mathematics 41
II The Duke's protege (1788-1798) 49
Royal patronage 51
Gymnasium : high school 63
Independent study of mathematics 75
The regular 17-gon 81
Mathematical journal 95
Number theory 101
III Gifted astronomer, father of a young family (1798-1814) 113
Carl Friedrich Gauss, PhD 115
The planetoid Ceres 125
A wife and a child 133
The Duke and St. Petersburg 139
Professor of astronomy 149
Tragedy 153
Marriage to Minna Waldeck 159
The trip to Munich 165
The new observatory 173
Gauss' mother 179
IV Surveyor of Hannover, father of a growing family (1815-1832) 185
Surveying 187
Summers on the road 195
Trouble with Eugen 203
V Magnetic professor, Prince of
Mathematics (1833-1855) 211
Non-euclidean geometry 213
Magnetism 217
The Gottingen seven 225
Looking back 233
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