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February 23rd marks the passing of Carl Friedrich Gauss. Gauss was a German physicist and mathematician known for many discoveries and applications. He made numerous contributions to electricity and magnetism, number theory, statistics and astronomy.

One story of Gauss' childhood involved a teacher trying to keep the young Gauss busy when his work was done too quickly. He was given the task to add the integers 1 through 100 together. Almost immediately, Gauss gave the answer of 5,050. When asked how he arrived at the answer so quickly, he replied that the those numbers were 50 pairs that added up to 101.

Find out what else occurred on this day in science history.

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February 23, 2010 at 3:32 am
(1) tudza says:

Interesting way of saying (100 x 101)/2

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