Quality and Quantity

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 445–446

Is Normal Distribution due to Karl Gauss? Euler, his Family of Gamma Functions, and Place in History of Statistics

  • David J. Kruss

DOI: 10.1023/A:1012226622613

Cite this article as:
Kruss, D.J. Quality & Quantity (2001) 35: 445. doi:10.1023/A:1012226622613


While Gauss (1777–1855) has primacy in explicating properties of the normal distribution, it is Euler (1707–1783) who is predominant with respect to analytical formulation of this function. This case is discussed within the context of uniform rendering of computer algorithms for higher transcendental functions.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Kruss
    • 1
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityU.S.A

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