Talk:Carl Friedrich Gauss

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Former featured articleCarl Friedrich Gauss is a former featured article. Please see the links under Article milestones below for its original nomination page (for older articles, check the nomination archive) and why it was removed.
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Gauss as prodigy and perpetuation of anecdotes[edit]

The article states that Gauss was a child prodigy without giving a trustworthy reference. Furthermore, the article includes the anecdotes of his precocity as prominent facts in the Early years section, contributing for perpetuating dubious historical facts, which to this date (2021) are exhaustively repeated by math teachers and science outreach. What's the point in making people believe that genius/talent/precocity is what really matter in maths instead of hard work and passion (even if it comes in an early age, what is really what might make the prodigies geniuses)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:57, 1 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


It seems weird that Minding, who as a working applied mathematician I was unaware of, is the only person listed under Influenced in the sidebar. I am not a Wikipedia expert, but I suppose there are some standards for how this field should be filled. Could anyone fill me in? It seems like "all of mathematics" might be a better answer than Minding. briardew (talk) 01:50, 2 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The use of this category in the infobox is deprecated, I have removed it. --Dioskorides (talk) 21:02, 22 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Gauß", not "Gauss"[edit]

I interpret Wikipedia:Diacritical marks in a way that the form "Gauß" should be used rather than "Gauss". (talk) 20:41, 22 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As far as I'm aware virtually all English-language sources refer to him as "Gauss", not "Gauß". Wikipedia:Diacritical marks says Exceptions include some historical persons (as foreign personal names were often anglicized in the past), which I believe applies to Gauss, and it's also worth noting that the page is an essay, not a guideline/policy. OliveYouBean (talk) 22:39, 22 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That page mentions eszett only once and that's when it quotes house style at Wiley-Blackwell? How can you make such an interpretation? The English language does not typically use that letter. (talk) 22:55, 22 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is not a question of Wikipedia style, as Gauss himself used the spelling "Gauss". This is established by 4 images in the article: the front page (in Latin) of his main work, the front page (in German) of a volume of his collected work published in the 19th century, his grave, and his signature. In the two latter cases, the spelling is clearly "ſs" (long s-final s) rather than "ſʒ" or "ß". So, the article uses correctly the spelling of Gauss' time. D.Lazard (talk) 00:51, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]