Carl Friedrich Gauss

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Bust of Carl Friedrich Gauss

"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 web site.

Gauss Coat of Arms,
contributed by Aaron Wilson,
a Gauss descendent

The motto "Pauca sed Matura" (Few, but ripe)
referred to Gauss' goal for publication of
his mathematical work.

A scan of an original letter from Carl F. Gauss 
to his son, Eugene Gauss of St. Charles, Missouri.

Carl Friedrich Gauss and the Asteroids
Carl Ahrens

Transcription/Translation of a Speech

The Sesquicentennial of the Birth of Gauss
by G. Waldo Dunnington, 1927

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Gauss Links

If you know of a good link on Gauss, not displayed here,
email me, or
add it to the guest book, and I will put it here.

A society founded in 1964 in Göttingen to celebrate
the heritage of Gauss. (Deu)

A Biography of Gauss in 
The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

Central University of Venezuela

Some great pictures of G�ttingen
by Galen R Frysinger

Carl Friedrich Gauss - Princeps mathematicorum

Carl Friedrich Gauss

la bibliothèque numérique

Nearly all the works of Gauss available at this site,
which is in French.

Gauss and His Children

Nelly Cung's page on
Carl Friedrich Gauss

Kevin Brown's MathPages on
Constructing the Heptadecagon
On Gauss's Mountains

Auf Deutsch:
Carl Friedrich Gau�

William T. Gauss' Papers
from the Colorado Springs
Century Chest

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
houses G. Waldo Dunnington's
collection of Gauss material


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 (Berlin, 1981).
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 below.

Other references can be found by clicking here.


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