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https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-11-199-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-11-199-2020
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Carl Friedrich Gauss and the Gauss Society: a brief overview

Axel D. Wittmann

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Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777–1855) was one of the most eminent scientists of all time. He was born in Brunswick, and from 1807 until his death, he was director of the Göttingen Astronomical Observatory, where he made world-famous and lasting contributions. In his honour, and to preserve his memory, the Gauss Society was founded in Göttingen in 1962. The present paper aims to give nonspecialists a brief introduction into the life and works of Gauss and a brief history of the Gauss Society.