I stumbled across the website of Chuck Norris Facts not long ago. You know such treasured gems as

1. When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.

2. There is no chin behind Chuck Norris’ beard. There is only another fist.

3. Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.

and my personal favorite

4. Chuck Norris doesn’t eat honey, he chews bees.

Well, I was quite impressed when I came across a similar list of facts about one of the greatest (some would say THE greatest) mathematicians of all time, Carl Friedrich Gauss.

From Matt Heath:

- Gauss didn’t discover the normal distribution, nature conformed to his will.
- Gauss can construct transcendental numbers only using a compass.
- Parallel lines meet where Gauss tells them to.
- Some problems are NP because Gauss doesn’t like computers.
- Gauss never runs out of room in the margin.
- Gauss can write irrationals as the ratio of 2 integers.
- Gauss never needs the axiom of choice.
- Gauss can square the circle and then transform it into the hyper-sphere.
- The location and momentum of a particle are what Gauss say they are.
- An elegant proof is one line long. Gauss’ elegant proofs are one word long.
- Gauss doesn’t look for roots of equations, they come to him.
- There are no theorems, just a list of propositions Gauss allows to be true.
- When Gauss integrates he doesn’t need to add a constant.
- Hilbert put forward 23 unsolved problems because he hadn’t properly read Gauss’ notebooks.
- Gauss knows the topological difference between a doughnut and a coffee cup.
- Gauss can divide by zero.
- Gauss would never ever have a badbox error.
- Primes that aren’t Gaussian primes get teased.
- If Gauss had to walk 100 metres, and half the remaining distance, then half the remaining distance again, and so on, he’d get there.
- Erdos believed God had a book of all perfect mathematical proofs. God believes Gauss has such a book.
- Gauss has Hilbert hotels on Mayfair and Park Lane.
- God does not play dice, unless Gauss promises to let him win once in a while.

My favorite has to be "Gauss doesn’t look for roots of equations, they come to him."

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I like the irrational numbers one myself. That’s some list.

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Chuck Norris is transcendental, because no polynomial could ever annihilate Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris can split any field.

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I read your blog for quite a long time and must tell that your posts always prove to be of a high value and quality for readers.

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This makes me see with a gaussian blur.

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I just did this in a prof dev warm-up activity, where my participants had to create their own. My example that I personally love (although I am biased since I made it) is…”The Golden Ratio was silver before Chuck Norris touched it.”

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Great post, I doubt someone else has ever made such an unexpected comparison…

Gauss was the man, indeed. THE greatest mathematician ever, closely followed by Newton and Archimedes.

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Gauss can recite ALL the digits of pi – backwards.

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