Gauss as Scientific Mediator Between Mathematics and Geodesy from the Past to the Present

  • Willi Freeden
  • Thomas Sonar
  • Bertold Witte
Part of the Geosystems Mathematics book series (GSMA)


The objective of the paper is to document the pioneer dimension of Gauss’s ideas, concepts, and methods in a twofold direction based on selected case examples, namely to demonstrate his mediation function between mathematics and geodesy to explain the historic development over the past centuries from the initial Gaussian ignition to modern characteristics and tendencies.


Gauss geometric number theory numerical integration integral theorems and boundary value problems least squares adjustment 


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© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geomathematics GroupUniversity of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Computational MathematicsUniversity of BrunswickBraunschweigGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Geodesy and GeoinformationUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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