"Ask her to wait a
moment - I am almost done. "
Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855),
while working, when informed that his wife is dying.
This page is to shamelessly promote knowledge
of my great great great grandfather, Carl Friedrich
Gauss. I am constantly amazed at how little he
is known in the United States. Almost no one outside
of the science community has ever heard of him, let
alone has any knowledge of the scope of his contributions.
I grew up knowing about Gauss because of my relationship.
Briefly, he had three sons. Two of them, Eugene
and Charles Wilhelm, came to the United States in the
1830s and settled in Missouri.
This site consists of selections from
my family's private collection that concern Gauss, himself,
plus links about Gauss from the Web. For more
information on some of his descendants, see my main
If you know of a good link on Gauss, not displayed
add it to the guest book, and I will put it here.
Books on Gauss
Guy Waldo Dunnington spent a life time
studying the work and life of Gauss. He corresponded
with Carl Wilhelm's son, William T. Gauss of Colorado Springs,
CO, and my great aunt, Anne Durfee Gauss of St. Charles,
MO. You will find some of that correspondence on these
pages. Also on this page is an article written by
him in 1927 on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gauss.
Books by G. Waldo Dunnington:
Carl Friedrich Gauss : Titan of Science
(New York, 1955). This is very hard to find.
It is probably only available in university libraries.
I have had some luck using used book searches, such as alibris
It contains a great deal of personal and genealogical information.
My father's evaluation: "It rambles some." The
Mathematical Association of
America has plans to reissue this book in the near future.
It was re-issued in 2003.
Carl Friedrich Gauss:
Inaugural Lecture on Astronomy and Papers on the Foundations
of Mathematics, Translated and Edited by
G. Waldo Dunnington.
By William L. Schaaf:
Carl Friedrich Gauss: Prince of Mathematicians.
Written for high school students. Good idea of Gauss'
mathematical ideas for the layman.
I am currently reading the following:
W K B�hler, Gauss: A Biographical Study
I am finding it quite rewarding. It is more concise
than the Dunnington biography, and, I think, an easier read.
It is currently available. Try one of the links
Other references can be found by clicking