Disquisitiones Arithmeticae Quotes (2 quotes)
Dirichlet was not satisfied to study Gauss Disquisitiones arithmetical once or several times, but continued throughout life to keep in close touch with the wealth of deep mathematical thoughts which it contains by perusing it again and again. For this reason the book was never placed on the shelf but had an abiding place on the table at which he worked. Dirichlet was the first one, who not only fully understood this work, but made it also accessible to others.
The advantage which science gained by Gauss long-lingering method of publication is this: What he put into print is as true and important today as when first published; his publications are statutes, superior to other human statutes in this, that nowhere and never has a single error been detected in them. This justifies and makes intelligible the pride with which Gauss said in the evening of his life of the first larger work of his youth: The Disquisitiones arithmeticae belong to history.