Nineteenth Century Philosophy

Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

What was unusual about Carl Friedrich Gauss’ personality?

Gauss (1777–1855) was meticulous, conservative, and did not much enjoy teaching or other disruptions of his work. He did not collaborate or help younger mathematicians. Neither did he appreciate interruptions. It is said that he was once concentrating on a problem when told that his wife was dying. He responded, “Tell her to wait a moment till I’m done.”


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