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Another famous story has it that in primary school his teacher, J.G. Büttner, tried to occupy pupils by making them add a list of integers in arithmetic progression; as the story is most often told, these were the numbers from 1 to 100. The young Gauss reputedly produced the correct answer within seconds, to the astonishment of his teacher and his assistant Martin Bartels.
Gauss's presumed method was to realize that pairwise addition of terms from opposite ends of the list yielded identical intermediate sums: 1 + 100 = 101, 2 + 99 = 101, 3 + 98 = 101, and so on, for a total sum of 50 × 101 = 5050. However, the details of the story are at best uncertain (see  for discussion of the original Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen source and the changes in other versions); some authors, such as Joseph Rotman in his book A first course in Abstract Algebra, question whether it ever happened. - wikipeia.
How does your math background influence your designs?
I think maths has inspired me hugely and influenced more geometric designs than I probably would of created otherwise. I also think a lot of artists, like myself, subliminally
use mathematics in their creations - such as the golden ratio for creating eye
candy layout designs. I find it very satisfying getting mathematically
correct proportions when designing something like a logo, for example. But for
me the main connection between math and design is pure and simple, it’s
geometry. The golden ratio is probably one of the most popular examples of math
and design coming together but look back at the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, for
instance, he used mathematics all the time in his art. I also believe some of
the best designers work with math, in a number of aspects, even though they
probably do it completely subconsciously.
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