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The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss

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Learn about the boy who - could read and add numbers when he was three years old, - thwarted his teacher by finding a quick and easy way to sum the numbers 1-100, - attracted the attention of a Duke with his genius, and became the man who... - predicted the reappearance of a lost planet, - discovered basic properties of magnetic forces, - invented a surveying tool used by ...more
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by A K PETERS
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What I wanted from this book was more information about Gauss's discoveries, but it barely scraped the surface. Instead it's mostly filler material: fake conversations, useless trivia etc.

The characters keep saying "I wonder if -this- and -that- will happen in the future", for instance motorized carriages and other things that have been discovered since then. Also, when Gauss's wife gave birth to an above average sized child, the author added that nowadays people would have linked the large size
John Korniotakis
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
This is a brief description about the life of one of the greatest mathematicians that ever walked on Earth: Carl Friedrich Gauss... The author begins describing Gauss's family from an early stage; when he was still in elementary school. He describes how his family treated his talent in Maths, how Carl advanced in his education, his love interests, his life with his children and at last, his death... This is a must-read for everyone, because this book tells the story of one of the greatest men ev ...more
Angie Libert
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
The actual retelling of "Fred" from Life of Fred! I loved it and so did the kids. His life was absolutely inspirational. He was so blessed to have had the opportunity to live out his life passion and effect such beautiful changes in our world. I also loved that he told his mother early in his life what he wanted and then he got it. A fabulous Law of Attraction story. I was in tears several times through the story.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Είχα μεγάλες προσδοκίες από ένα βιβλίο με το όνομα του μεγαλύτερου ίσως μαθηματικού της ιστορίας. Δυστυχώς με απογοήτευσε. Αυτό το βιβλίο μου προσέφερε ελάχιστα. Είναι γεμάτο ανούσιους φανταστικούς διαλόγους του Γκάους με τους ανθρώπους γύρω του ενώ για το έργο και τη ζωή του Γκάους έχει ελάχιστες πληροφορίες. Νιώθω μεγάλη απογοήτευση για τις εκδόσεις Τραυλός γιατί είχα την αίσθηση πως μεταφράζουν μόνο ποιοτικά βιβλία. Η συγγραφέας φαίνεται να μην έχει καθόλου γνώσεις μαθηματικών και σίγουρα δεν ...more
Vikas Niranjan
Too little and not enough Mathematics

While it is appreciative of the author to bring Gauss to the masses, it doesn't tell me much type of person Gauss was, than what would be available from a cursory read of the Wikipedia page.

Barely scratches the surface of his extraordinary work ( who can dare to?)

Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would expect a deeper presentation of the math achievements e.g. a reference to the Gaussian distribution or to other significant theorems he proved. On the other hand, the description of his life is very well presented but I don't think that this is enough for one of the greatest mathematicians of the world.
Jean-marc Krikorian
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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In reading some of the other books on mathematics I've been reading of late, Carl Frederich Gauss' name came up often and I was eager to learn more about him. Sadly, very few books exist on him (biographies that is).

The book was interesting those it is somewhat fictional especially with the fake dialogues that occur between Gauss and other people in his life. Also, many of those dialogues were somewhat "silly".

Aside from this gripe the book was engaging and a quick read. It's amazing to learn ho
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μόλις το διάβασα και ήταν ένα από τα ωραιότερα βιβλία που έπεσαν στα χέρια μου, αν σκεφτεί κανείς ότι το διάβασα σε διάστημα λιγότερο της μιας εβδομάδας. Πρόκειται για ένα υπέροχο βιβλίο, κατάλληλο για τον καθένα γιατί τα Μαθηματικά που περιέχει είναι τόσο απλά γραμμένα.
Αυτό που με εντυπωσίασε είναι η απλότητα αυτού του μεγάλου Μαθηματικού, η ισορροπία στη ζωή του και ο μετριοπαθής χαρακτήρας του συνδυασμένος με την γνώση των ικανοτήτων του. Ένα πολύ ευχάριστο ανάγνωσμα, το οποίο συστήνω σε όλο
Daniele Scaglione
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story of Gauss is amazing, and to tell it as a fiction is a good idea. This book is a combination of these two elements, and the result is very good.
Siddhant Shrivastava
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Legendary book for one of the legends of Math.
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