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The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss

Biography / Memoir

By: MBW Tent

245 pages, B/w illus

AK Peters

Paperback | Oct 2008 | #179114 | ISBN-13: 9781568814551
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Biography of the 18th century mathematician, from his prodigious childhood to his extraordinary achievements that earned him the title 'Prince of Mathematics'. Along the way, the author introduces her young readers to a different culture, the era of small states in Germany where advancement on merits, such as Gauss', was supported by enlightened rulers, competing for intellectual excellence and economic advantage through scientific progress in their small states. Based on extensive research of original and secondary sources, the author has created a historical narrative that will inspire young readers and even curious adults with a story full of human touch and personal achievement.

... 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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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.

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