Great Mathematicians, Great Mathematics

Gauss and Germain by Professor Raymond Flood. Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) was one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. Possibly his most famous work was his book on number theory, published in 1801. After reading this book, the French mathematicians Sophie Germain (1776-1831) began corresponding with Gauss about Fermat's last theorem, using a male pseudonym. Subsequently her interests moved to working on a general theory of vibrations of a curved surface which provided the basis for the modern theory of elasticity.

Gauss and Germain

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01. Fermat's Theorems
02. Newton's Laws
03. Euler's Exponentials
04. Fourier's Series
05. Mobius and his Band
06. Cantor's Infinities
07. Einstein's Annus Mirabilis, 1905
08. Hamilton, Boole and their Algebras
09. Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace
10. Gauss and Germain
11. Hardy, Littlewood, Cartwright and Ramanujan
12. Turing and von Neumann