Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855) is one of the world's most famous mathematicians.
This story has been flying around for years... who knows if it's really true or not!?
Gauss was about 9 years old -- already a super genius (much like Wile E. Coyote.) His teacher hated math and hated Gauss (because he was so smart).
As usual, the teacher walked into the class and gave them a horribly tedious arithmetic problem. They were to work on it and not bother him.
Here was the day's problem:
Add the integers from 1 to 100.
They got out their slate boards and chalk and started hammering away!
The teacher quickly noticed that Gauss was not writing -- HA! He had him now!
"CARL! Why aren't you working?!"
"Because I already know the answer."
"Oh? You're so smart -- why don't you share your answer with the class?"
It was true. Gauss had figured it out... In his head... At 9 years old... Do you hate him too?
Want to know how he did it? It's a trick!