What were you up to at 5 years old? If your name is Carl Friedrich Gauss, you're weren't doing something sensible for a toddler, like watching Sesame Street. Oh, no—you were managing your father's accounts. After all, that's the natural progression once you've first corrected an error in his payroll at age 3. We're not joking here. Gauss is one of history's most influential mathematicians, and if you don't know about him, pull up a chair and get comfy.
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A Puzzle And A Gauss Trick
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Adding up the numbers one through one hundred will result in 5,050. 02:59

Adding 1 to 100 will result in 101, adding 2 to 99 will result in 101, adding 3 to 98 will result in 101, etc. 03:11

Adding the digits of every number from one to one million will result in 27,000,001. 05:38
Emmy Noether Is The Incredible Mathematician You've Never Heard Of
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Noether's theorem connects conservation laws and symmetries in nature. 00:33

Bicycle wheels don't fall over while rolling because they are rotationally symmetric, meaning that they conserve angular momentum. 00:58

Because she was Jewish and a woman, Emmy Noether was persecuted and denied faculty positions throughout her life. 01:44
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July 1, 2017
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