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?

...every positive integer is representable as a sum of at most three triangular numbers...[edit]

I just tried to get the positive integer 20 from adding up to three triangular numbers - and I can't do it. Have I gone mad or is it impossible to do?


Sorry just found out you could with 10+10 - so sorry! 01:14, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for wasting our time. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Smith9smith9smith9 (talkcontribs) 11:26, 14 September 2014 (UTC)


The first sentence here says Gauss's name is pronounced /ɡs/, which comes out as "Gowss"; but the German WP page spells it "Gauß", which (as I understand the eszett is sounded "sz") would be more like "gauze", wouldn't it? So, does anyone know which it is for certain? Moonraker12 (talk) 18:15, 13 March 2016 (UTC)

It rhymes with "mouse" and "house". -- (talk) 00:00, 16 March 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for that: So if the "au" gives an "ow" sound, but the ending is the "s" in "mouse", what difference does the eszett make? Wouldn't it be more like "blouse", or "cows"? Moonraker12 (talk) 23:30, 18 March 2016 (UTC)
The trailing "ß" does not really make a difference in pronunciation vs. "s", its combination of "s" and "z" is rather historical. A final "s" or "ß" as all final consonants in German are voiceless. "ß" is used after long vowels (or diphthongs as in this case), but it still sounds /s/ and doesnt change the sound of the "au" syllable. As I'm German I try the best to answer your question, so please be patient if I misunderstand parts of it! -- (talk) 17:58, 20 March 2016 (UTC)
Oh, so it is just the final form of the letter "s" (like the Greek "σ" and "ς"), and not a difference in pronunciation at all, then. Ah well, I've learned something new! Thank you for enlightening me! Moonraker12 (talk) 08:22, 26 March 2016 (UTC)
Glad to help! A German word can also end with letter "s" as "haus" ("house") and rhymes exactly with "Gauß", so you often simply have to know if the word actually is written with final "s" or "ß". -- (talk) 12:02, 27 March 2016 (UTC)