1. Introduction: family background; 2. The enchanted boyhood; 3. Student days; 4. The young man; 5. Astronomy and matrimony; 6. Further activity; 7. Back to Goettingen; 8. Labour and sorrow; 9. The young professor: a decade of discovery, 1812-1822; 10. Geodesy and bereavement: the transitional decade, 1822-1832; 11. Alliance with Weber: strenuous years; 12. The electromagnetic telegraph; 13. Magnetism: physics dominant; 14. Surface theory, crystallography, and optics; 15. Germination: non-Euclidean geometry; 16. Trials and triumphs: experiencing conflict; 17. Milestones on the highways and byways; 18. Senex mirabilis; 19. Monarch of mathematics in Europe; 20. The doyen of German science, 1832-1855; 21. Gathering up the threads: a broad horizon; 22. Religio Scientiae: a profession of belief from the philosopher and lover of truth; 23. Sunset and eventide: renunciation; 24. Epilogue: 1. Apotheosis: orations of Ewald and Sartorious; 2. Valhalla: posthumous recognition and honours; Appendices; Index.
Classic biography of Gauss, updated with new introduction, bibliography and new material.