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I am trying to get my hands on an English or German translation of the seminal work by Gauss on fluid shapes in equilibrium: "Principia generalia Theoriae Figurae Fluidorum in statu Aequilibrii [General principles of the theory of fluid shapes in a state of equilibrium]" from 1830.

I have found a Latin version at hathitrust, but my Latin is virtually non-existent so that won't help me much.

Does someone know where I can find a German (Gauss was German after all) or English translation of this text? Or more in general, where I can find translations of scientific papers that where originally in Latin?

I have tried Project Gutenberg, which seemed like a good place to start, but the specific paper I'm looking for is not there. Are there any other websites/projects that have similar databases that I might try?

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The German-language Wikipedia's page on C.F. Gauß lists a German translation of this work by Rudolf H. Weber, titled Allgemeine Grundlagen einer Theorie der Gestalt von Flüssigkeiten im Zustand des Gleichgewichts (publication date: 1903), available on the Internet Archive (abstract, pdf).

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Great, thanks! I'll have a look at that. –  Michiel Jun 2 '13 at 9:18

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