Monday, April 30, 2018

Happy 241st Birthday, Carl Friedrich Gauss!


Carl Friedrich Gauss is one of the most important mathematicians of all time. Today, April 30th, is the 241st anniversary of his birth, and Google's Doodle is recognizing that fact. Some of the reasons why Gauss is known as the "Prince of Mathematicians" (in Latin princeps mathematicorum);
  • Proved the fundamental theorem of algebra (in his Phd thesis!)
  • Proved that a 17-sided polygon (the heptadecagon) coudl be created with compass and straigh-edge.
  • Invented the Diiscrete Fourier Transform (160 years before Cooley and Tukey)
  • Proved Fermat's Last Theorem (for n=3 and n=5)
  • Computed the sum of the 100 positive integers (at age 5!)
  • The normal distribution is also known as the Gaussian distribution
And many, many more...

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