Carl Friedrich Gauss
In a programme first broadcast in 2017, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Gauss (17771855), 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 17sided 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.
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Guests
 Marcus du Sautoy
15 episodes
Professor of Mathematics and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford  Colva RoneyDougal
11 episodes
Reader in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews 
Nick Evans No other episodes
Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Southampton
Reading list

Gauss: A Biographical Study
W. K. Buhler (SpringerVerlag, 1981) Google Books → 
Carl Friedrich Gauss: Titan of Science
Guy Waldo Dunnington (Literary Licensing, 2012) Google Books → 
Electromagnetism
I. S. Grant and W. R. Phillips (WileyBlackwell, 1990) Google Books → 
Measuring the World
Daniel Kehlmann (trans. by Carol Brown Janeway) (Quercus, 2007) Google Books → 
Classical Mechanics, 5th edition
Tom Kibble and Frank Berkshire (Icp, 2004) Google Books → 
The Music of the Primes: Why an Unsolved Problem in Mathematics Matters
Marcus du Sautoy (HarperPerennial, 2004) Google Books → 
The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss
M. B. W. Tent (A K Peters/CRC Press, 2008) Google Books →
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Programme ID: b09gbnfj
Episode page: bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09gbnfj
Autocategory: 510.92 (Biography of mathematicians)
Hello (First sentence from this episode)
Hello. Karl Friedrich Gauss, by those who know about these matters, is considered the greatest mathematician of his time and arguably of all time.