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    Re: Towards a basis for Bruce Stark's Tables
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2003 Jan 4, 01:20 -0500

    Below is a link to a three-page history of Carl Friedrich Gauss
    (1777-1855).  He was quite a guy.  The Gaussian distribution,
    Gaussian elimination, Gaussian logarithms, and Gauss' formulas for
    spherical trig are all named after him.  He invented the method of
    least squares.  A lot of this work was directed to problems related
    to astronomy, much of which was driven by the great work of the
    Nautical Almanac.  Dr. Kim characterizes him as one of those rare
    geniuses who could combine work in theoretical and applied
    mathematics.
    
    http://www.engr.utk.edu/~dkim/gauss.ps
    
    Still haven't gotten those Gaussian logarithms fired up, but finding
    this was a delight.
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    Frederick V. Hebard, PhD                      Email: mailto:Fred{at}acf.org
    Staff Pathologist, Meadowview Research Farms  Web: http://www.acf.org
    American Chestnut Foundation                  Phone: (276) 944-4631
    14005 Glenbrook Ave.                          Fax: (276) 944-0934
    Meadowview, VA 24361
    
    
    

       
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