Carl Friedrich Gauss

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in 1796

regular polygon can be constructed by compass and straightedge if and only if the number of sides is the product of distinct Fermat primes and a power of 2

on 5/31/1796

which gave a good understanding of how the prime numbers are distributed among the integers.

on 7/10/1796

that every positive integer is representable as a sum of at most three triangular numbers

on 10/1/1796

a result on the number of solutions of polynomials with coefficients in finite fields, which 150 years later led to the Weil conjectures

1798

1799

in 1799

which states that every non-constant single-variable polynomial with complex coefficients has at least one complex root

in 1799

that every integral rational algebraic function of one variable can be resolved into real factors of the first or second degree

1801

in 1801

This work was fundamental in consolidating number theory as a discipline and has shaped the field to the present day.

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in 1818

an instrument that uses a mirror to reflect sunlight over great distances, to measure positions.

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in 1832

" To praise it would amount to praising myself. For the entire content of the work ... coincides almost exactly with my own meditations which have occupied my mind for the past thirty or thirty-five years."

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1840

in 1840

in which he gave the first systematic analysis on the formation of images under a paraxial approximation (Gaussian optics)

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"The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it."

"It is not knowledge but the act of learning not possession but the act of getting there which grants the greatest enjoyment."

"Further the dignity of the science itself seems to require that every possible means be explored for the solution of a problem so elegant and so celebrated."