Karl Gauss was born in Brauschweig, Germany in 1777. His teachers noticed his mathematical talent at an early age, and persuaded his parents to train him for a profession rather than learn a trade. Funded by a grant from the Duke of Brunswick, who was impressed by Gauss' abilities, Gauss continued his education through the university level. By the time he graduated from the University of Gottingen in 1799, he had already made many significant mathematical advances. His contributions to mathematics are tremendous, and include discoveries in algebra, number theory, differential equations, and calculus.
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