By W. K. Bühler
Procreare iucundum, sed parturire molestum. (Gauss, sec. Eisenstein) The plan of this publication used to be first conceived 8 years in the past. The manuscript constructed slowly via numerous types until eventually it attained its current shape in 1979. it'd be irrelevant to record the names of the entire acquaintances and advisors with whom i mentioned my numerous drafts yet I should still wish to point out the identify of Mr. Gary Cornell who, along with discussing with me a variety of info of the manuscript, revised it stylistically. there's a lot curiosity between mathematicians to grasp extra approximately Gauss's existence, and the beneficiant aid I bought has definitely extra to do with this than with any person, confident or unfavorable, element of my manuscript. Any blunders, blunders of judgement, or different inadequacies are, after all, the author's responsi bility. the main incisive and, in a fashion, least difficult judgements I needed to make have been these of private flavor within the selection and therapy of themes. a lot needed to be passed over or might merely be mentioned in a cursory manner.