Quality and Quantity

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 445–446 | Cite as

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

  • David J. Kruss


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.


Normal Distribution Analytical Formulation Gamma Function Computer Algorithm Transcendental Function 
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  1. Euler, L. (1748). Introductio in analysin infinitorum. Lausanne: Switzerland: M. M. Bosquet.Google Scholar
  2. Gauss, K. F. (1809). Theoria motus corporum coelestium. Hamburg: Germany.Google Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

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

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