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Nothing Lucky about 13

by B. Sury (Indian Statistical Institute Bangalore)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
October, 2010

Subject classification(s): Algebra and Number Theory | Number Theory | Mathematics History
Applicable Course(s): 4.3 Number Theory | 4.8 History of Math

This note uses the Gauss sums to evaluate certain sums of trigonometric functions. It includes a short history of Gauss sums.

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Number Theory | Numbers With Special Forms or Properties
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