Talk:Carl Friedrich Gauss

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First electric telegraph?[edit]

It says in this article that the first electric telegraph was by Gauss & Weber in 1833, but this page says that it was baron schilling in 1832. Can someone update whichever article is incorrect?


The whole religion section is clearly a "yeah, but... yeah, but..." contest between theists and atheists. One side desperate to demonstrate that a man of science believed in God, the other trying to counter the argument with ameliorating facts.

My point is this... Why is it even relevant? The fact is, that Gauss' religious beliefs (or potential lack thereof) play no part in his notoriety, his work, or his legacy. It played no major, or noteworthy part in his life, and has no bearing or relevance on his "life story."

I move that the section on religion be deleted in its enirety

Looking for consensus. M R G WIKI999 (talk) 05:05, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Keep: It seems to me that the same argument would apply to the "Family" section; his spouse and children aren't particularly connected to the actions and events that made him notable. Did the location or date of his birth play any part in his notability? We could cut everything from the article except his mathematical and scientific work, but I think many readers would be frustrated and confused not to find other topics in an encyclopedia article on Gauss. Once a person has achieved notability, and we're writing his biography, it's typical to include some biographical detail that may not bear directly on the subject's notability.-Bryanrutherford0 (talk) 14:15, 26 June 2018 (UTC)
Keep, but trim: The religious affiliation of any notable person may be of interest, and it is in this case. But the section is disproportionately long compared to other details of his life. Chris Thompson (talk) 12:44, 26 June 2018 (UTC)
Agreed.-Bryanrutherford0 (talk) 14:15, 26 June 2018 (UTC)

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Participate in the deletion discussion at the nomination page. —Community Tech bot (talk) 17:25, 17 October 2018 (UTC)