Here's an interesting article from American Scientist Online about the famous story of Carl Friedrich Gauss and the schoolmaster who gave his class the tedious assignment of summing the first 100 integers. The author thinks that "only one kind of student would ever be likely to add the numbers from 1 through 100 by performing 99 successive additions -- namely, a student using a computer or a programmable calculator", yet still finds that other, quite apparent shortcuts "can't match the elegance and ingenuity of Gauss's method."
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