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The Prince of Mathematics

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Table of Contents

Child Prodigy (1777-1788) Counting Sums The Duke of Braunschweig The Schoolroom Arithmetic Early Mathematics The Duke's Protege (1788-1798) Royal Patronage Gymnasium: High School Independent Study of Mathematics The Regular 17-gon Mathematical Journal Number Theory Gifted Astronomer, Father of a Young Family (1798-1814) Carl Friedrich Gauss, PhD The Planetoid Ceres A Wife and a Child The Duke and St. Petersburg Professor of Astronomy Tragedy Marriage to Minna Waldeck The Trip to Munich The New Observatory Gauss' Mother Surveyor of Hannover, Father of a Growing Family (1815-1832) Surveying Summers on the Road Trouble with Eugen Magnetic Professor, Prince of Mathematics (1833-1855) Non-Euclidean Geometry Magnetism The Goettingen Seven Looking Back Index

About the Author

Margaret Tent grew up in western Massachusetts where she graduated from Mt. Holyoke College. She has taught mathematics for several years and enjoys bringing the history of mathematics into her teaching. She currently lives and teaches in Birmingham, Alabama.


... a worthwhile book. It is nicely conceived, well researched, and thoughfully written and illustrated. We could use more books of this nature for young readers. I would recommend this book for middle school and secondary school library acquisition. --Frank J. Swetz, Mathematics Teacher, February 2007 For teachers who value the impact that historical studies in mathematics can have on their students, who incorporate literature into their teaching, or who want to open up a world of mathematics often inaccessible to middle school students, this is an excellent source. --M. Jayne Fleener, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, February 2007 This book is a novel about Gauss written so as to be comprehensible to young readers... a historical narrative resulting from extensive research of original and secondary sources. --Peter Fillmore, CMS Notes, February 2007 exceptionally engaging treatment of Gauss' life and accomplishments spiced up here and there with just the right amount of mathematics; particularly suitable for young readers. --Philip J. Davis, November 2005 In this book, young readers are transported back two centuries to the candlelit world of Carl Friedrich Gauss. M.B.W. Tent's charming tale follows Gauss from his working-class boyhood to the heights of European mathematics-a Horatio Algebra story if ever there was one. --William Dunham, November 2005

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