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CRC concise encyclopedia of mathematics
Weisstein, Eric W.
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Publication Information:
Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
1969 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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The CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics is a compendium of mathematical definitions, formulas, figures, tabulations, and references. Its informal style makes it accessible to a broad spectrum of readers with a diverse range of mathematical backgrounds and interests. This fascinating, useful book draws connections to other areas of mathematics and science and demonstrates its actual implementation - providing a highly readable, distinctive text diverging from the all-too-frequent specialized jargon and dry, formal exposition.
Through its thousands of explicit examples, formulas, and derivations, The CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics gives the reader a flavor of the subject without getting lost in minutiae - stimulating his or her thirst for additional information and exploration.
This book serves as handbook, dictionary, and encyclopedia - extensively cross-linked and cross-referenced, not only to other related entries, but also to resources on the Internet. Standard mathematical references, combined with a few popular ones, are also given at the end of most entries, providing a resource for more reading and exploration.

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Weisstein intends this work to be "a compendium of mathematical definitions, formulas, figures, tabulations, and references" and sees it as "somewhere between a handbook, a dictionary, and an encyclopedia." Entries range in length from one-sixteenth of a page to six pages. Arrangement is alphabetical without an index, although entries include numerous cross-references. Bibliographies include Web sites and cite as few as one and as many as 37 references. An astronomer by training, Weisstein began this compilation in his college years and continued through graduate school. For typesetting, Weisstein used Donald Knuth's mathematical TEX and Nikos Drakos and Ross Moore's LATEX2HTML, in an online version prior to this book. With permission Weisstein used drawings from Mathematica (Champaign IL: Wolfram Research, 1993), MathSource repository, and many other acknowledged artists and compilers. His Web site lists a portion of his work, including "bug stompers," errors discovered by Web site users. Later this year, Weisstein plans to issue through CRC Press a searchable CD-ROM with up-to-date corrections. Recommended for general readers through professionals. P. A. Dolan Illinois State University

Table of Contents

Alphabetic listing of encyclopedic articles