Triangular numbers

Basu, Madhushree and Prasad, Amritanshu and Ravikumar, Vijay (2018) Triangular numbers. At Right Angles, 7 (1). pp. 5-12.

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Abstract

Here mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777–1855). Hoping to get some rest while keeping the students is a popular story about the famous German busy, Gauss’s mathematics teacher asked them to add up the numbers 1 + 2 + · · · + 100. The seven-year-old Gauss instantly found out the answer to be 5050. (Comment. The historical accuracy of this legendary story is questionable. In [1], Brian Hayes tries to find the origins of this story.)

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Basu, Madhushree and Prasad, Amritanshu and Ravikumar, Vijay
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English
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gauss, Triangular numbers
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/1308
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