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Gamma : exploring Euler's constant

Author: Julian Havil; Freeman J Dyson
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2009.
Series: Princeton science library.
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Among the myriad of constants that appear in mathematics, p, e, and i are the most familiar. Following closely behind is g, or gamma, a constant that arises in many mathematical areas yet maintains a profound sense of mystery. In a tantalizing blend of history and mathematics, Julian Havil takes the reader on a journey through logarithms and the harmonic series, the two defining elements of gamma, toward the first  Read more...
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Havil, Julian, 1952-
Gamma.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2009
(OCoLC)276340758
Named Person: Leonhard Euler; Leonhard Euler; Leonhard Euler
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Havil; Freeman J Dyson
ISBN: 9781400832538 1400832535
OCLC Number: 609851833
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 266 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; CHAPTER ONE: The Logarithmic Cradle; CHAPTER TWO: The Harmonic Series; CHAPTER THREE: Sub-Harmonic Series; CHAPTER FOUR: Zeta Functions; CHAPTER FIVE: Gamma's Birthplace; CHAPTER SIX: The Gamma Function; CHAPTER SEVEN: Euler's Wonderful Identity; CHAPTER EIGHT: A Promise Fulfilled; CHAPTER NINE: What Is Gamma ... Exactly?; CHAPTER TEN: Gamma as a Decimal; CHAPTER ELEVEN: Gamma as a Fraction; CHAPTER TWELVE: Where Is Gamma?; CHAPTER THIRTEEN: It's a Harmonic World; CHAPTER FOURTEEN: It's a Logarithmic World. CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Problems with PrimesCHAPTER SIXTEEN: The Riemann Initiative; APPENDIX A: The Greek Alphabet; APPENDIX B: Big Oh Notation; APPENDIX C: Taylor Expansions; APPENDIX D: Complex Function Theory; APPENDIX E: Application to the Zeta Function; References; Name Index; Subject Index.
Series Title: Princeton science library.
Responsibility: Julian Havil.

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