## gaussian

Adjective

(*comparative* more gaussian, *superlative* most gaussian)

- Alternative capitalization of
*Gaussian*.

**Gaussian**logarithms are intended to facilitate the finding of the logarithms of the sum and difference of two numbers whose logarithms are known, the numbers themselves being unknown; and on this account they are frequently called addition and subtraction logarithms. The object of the table is in fact to give log (a =b) by only one entry when log a and log b are given.- The
**Gaussian**theory, however, is only true so long as the angles made by all rays with the optical axis (the symmetrical axis of the system) are infinitely small, i.e. - Consequently the
**Gaussian**theory only supplies a convenient method of approximating to reality; and no constructor would attempt to realize this unattainable ideal. - This ray, named by Abbe a " principal ray " (not to be confused with the " principal rays " of the
**Gaussian**theory), passes through the centre of the entrance pupil before the first refraction, and the centre of the exit pupil after the last refraction. - It may be assumed that the planes I' and II' are drawn where the images of the planes I and II are formed by rays near the axis by the ordinary
**Gaussian**rules; and by an extension of these rules, not, however, corresponding to reality, the Gauss image point 0', with co-ordinates 'o, of the point 0 at some distance from the axis could be constructed.

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