Carl Friedrich Gauss: Titan of Science by G. Waldo Dunnington

By G. Waldo Dunnington

This biography of Gauss, through a long way the main complete in English, is the paintings of a professor of German, G. Waldo Dunnington, who committed so much of his scholarly occupation to learning the lifetime of Germany's maximum mathematician. the writer was once encouraged to pursue this venture on the age of twelve while he realized from his instructor in Missouri that no complete biography of Gauss existed on the time. His instructor was once Gauss's nice granddaughter, Minna Waldeck Gauss. lengthy out of print and nearly very unlikely to discover at the used booklet industry, this necessary piece of scholarship is being reissued in an augmented shape with introductory comments, an extended and up-to-date bibliography, and a observation on Gauss's mathematical diary, through the eminent British mathematical historian, Jeremy grey.

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