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23/02/1855 German mathematician Carl Gauss dies


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Mathematicians of History: Gauss

Gauss made many contributions to mathematics, but also physics and astronomy. He wrote his magnum opus, Disquisitiones Arithmeticae (Arithmetical Investigations), in 1798, at the age of 21. Once he was interrupted in the middle of a problem and told that his wife was dying. He said, "Tell her to wait a moment till I'm done."
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