This Day in History: 1900-04-30

Carl Frederick Gauss birthday.

“The Prince of Mathematics, the Queen of the Sciences”, so-called by E. T. Men of Mathematics.It diverted me on bed rest when I was 20.

The story that he said Es ist liegt (There it lies) to his teacher when placing the answer to an arithmetic problem that the teacher has given his class to keep them busy. Almost immediately Gauss wrote the answer. He recognized that the sum of the numbers from 1 to 100 was 50 equal amounts of 101 (100_1, 99+2, 98+3,…).