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Disquisitiones Arithmeticae by Carl Friedrich Gauß
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Jun 19, 2012

it was amazing

Gauss totally revolutionized mathin in general and the branch of number theory in particular with this book at the tender age of 21. I give it a 5 star rating for it's historical significance. However, it is very obtuse for the modern reader, and by no means suffices as a textbook for mere mortals. The most exciting result in the book is probably the law of quadratic reciprocity. Gauss gets the reader there, but langorously, first developing individual proofs for each of the low-primes, before establishing the general case. This is either exciting mathematics or excruciating depending on how much you enjoy following Gauss's thought processes. Most of the books is devoted to quadratic forms which are beyond my pay-grade and ability to comprehend.

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