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Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss (2006)
Margaret B.W. Tent
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A fictionalized account of the life and achievements of one of history's greatest mathematicians, told in a style which is appropriate for children but also maintains the interest of adult readers.

(I'm afraid I have not yet had a chance to read this book -- the information above is based on what is available at the page for it -- but it does look interesting and I hope to be able to report more details shortly.)

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GenreHistorical Fiction, Children's Literature,
MotifGenius, Prodigies, Real Mathematicians,
TopicReal Mathematics,

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