Carl Friedrich Gauss
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of Gauss, 'prince of mathematicians', including those on number theory, geometry, probability theory, astronomy and electromagnetism.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Gauss (1777-1855), widely viewed as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He was a child prodigy, correcting his father's accounts before he was 3, dumbfounding his teachers with the speed of his mental arithmetic, and gaining a wealthy patron who supported his education. He wrote on number theory when he was 21, with his Disquisitiones Arithmeticae, which has influenced developments since. Among his achievements, he was the first to work out how to make a 17-sided polygon, he predicted the orbit of the minor planet Ceres, rediscovering it, he found a way of sending signals along a wire, using electromagnetism, the first electromagnetic telegraph, and he advanced the understanding of parallel lines on curved surfaces.
Marcus du Sautoy
Professor of Mathematics and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford
Reader in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews
Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Southampton
Producer: Simon Tillotson.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
W. K. Bühler, Gauss: A Biographical Study (Springer-Verlag, 1981)
Guy Waldo Dunnington, Carl Friedrich Gauss: Titan of Science (Literary Licensing, 2012)
I. S. Grant and W. R. Phillips, Electromagnetism (Wiley-Blackwell, 1990)
Daniel Kehlmann (trans. by Carol Brown Janeway), Measuring the World (Quercus, 2007)
Tom Kibble and Frank Berkshire, Classical Mechanics, 5th edition (Icp, 2004)
Marcus du Sautoy, The Music of the Primes: Why an Unsolved Problem in Mathematics Matters (HarperPerennial, 2004)
M. B. W. Tent, The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss (A K Peters/CRC Press, 2008)
|Interviewed Guest||Marcus du Sautoy|
|Interviewed Guest||Colva Roney-Dougal|
|Interviewed Guest||Nick Evans|