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By Luciano Boi, Dominique Flament, Jean-Michel Salanskis

Those innocuous little articles aren't extraordinarily valuable, yet i used to be triggered to make a few feedback on Gauss. Houzel writes on "The beginning of Non-Euclidean Geometry" and summarises the evidence. primarily, in Gauss's correspondence and Nachlass you will discover proof of either conceptual and technical insights on non-Euclidean geometry. probably the clearest technical result's the formulation for the circumference of a circle, k(pi/2)(e^(r/k)-e^(-r/k)). this is often one example of the marked analogy with round geometry, the place circles scale because the sine of the radius, while the following in hyperbolic geometry they scale because the hyperbolic sine. then again, one needs to confess that there's no facts of Gauss having attacked non-Euclidean geometry at the foundation of differential geometry and curvature, even if evidently "it is hard to imagine that Gauss had no longer obvious the relation". in terms of assessing Gauss's claims, after the courses of Bolyai and Lobachevsky, that this used to be identified to him already, one should still might be do not forget that he made comparable claims concerning elliptic functions---saying that Abel had just a 3rd of his effects and so on---and that during this situation there's extra compelling proof that he was once basically correct. Gauss indicates up back in Volkert's article on "Mathematical growth as Synthesis of instinct and Calculus". even though his thesis is trivially right, Volkert will get the Gauss stuff all flawed. The dialogue issues Gauss's 1799 doctoral dissertation at the primary theorem of algebra. Supposedly, the matter with Gauss's facts, that is imagined to exemplify "an development of instinct when it comes to calculus" is that "the continuity of the airplane ... wasn't exactified". after all, a person with the slightest figuring out of arithmetic will understand that "the continuity of the airplane" isn't any extra a subject during this facts of Gauss that during Euclid's proposition 1 or the other geometrical paintings whatever in the course of the thousand years among them. the true factor in Gauss's facts is the character of algebraic curves, as after all Gauss himself knew. One wonders if Volkert even stricken to learn the paper given that he claims that "the existance of the purpose of intersection is taken care of through Gauss as anything totally transparent; he says not anything approximately it", that is evidently fake. Gauss says much approximately it (properly understood) in a protracted footnote that indicates that he regarded the matter and, i might argue, acknowledged that his facts was once incomplete.

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1 Portrait of Jonas Lexell (1699–1768), father of Anders Johan Lexell, painted by Johan Georg Geitel (1683–1771) (Private collection of the Pipping family. The National Museum of Finland. Photo: Per-Olof Welin, published with permission) Lexell’s house was situated about 140 m south-west of the cathedral, at the crossing of Hämeenkatu (in Swedish: Tavastgatan), Uudenmaankatu (in Swedish: Nylandsgatan) and the cathedral park (see Fig. 2). All this wooden housing around the cathedral was destroyed in a devastating fire in September 1827.

The only fact that seems to explain why Schlözer—a German Professor of History at Göttingen—recommended a young mathematician from Åbo, whom he most 4 The German term Abhandlung in the minutes of the academic conferences is translated here as dissertation or treatise; in French, the corresponding word is mémoire (occasionally translated into English as memoir). 36 3 New Prospects in Saint Petersburg Fig. 2 Silhouette portrait of Schlözer’s family in Göttingen. To the right August Ludwig Schlözer with his spouse.

In the aftermath of the wars epidemics were rife, claiming hundreds of victims in the town. Anders Johan Lexell’s father, Jonas Lexell, was a goldsmith and jeweller, born in 1699 in Stockholm as the son of a Lutheran vicar Olaus Lexelius (who died in 1709) and trained by his stepfather Daniel Schultz, a goldsmith and jeweller born in Åbo [53, 86]. In 1725, at a time when Åbo was recovering from a disastrous occupation and in need of skilled labour, Schultz moved back to Finland with his family in the hope of finding work as a goldsmith in Åbo, but apparently without success.

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