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CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae, 31st Edition (Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications) [Hardcover]

Daniel Zwillinger
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November 27, 2002 1584882913 978-1584882916 31
A perennial bestseller, the 30th edition of CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae was the first "modern" edition of the handbook - adapted to be useful in the era of personal computers and powerful handheld devices. Now this version will quickly establish itself as the "user-friendly" edition. With a detailed table of contents and an extensive index listing over 6,000 entries, the 31st edition of this hugely successful handbook makes information even easier to locate.

New in the 31st edition:

Game theory and voting power
Heuristic search techniques
Quadratic fields
Risk analysis and decision rules
A table of solutions to Pell's equation
A table of irreducible polynomials in Z2[x]
An interpretation of powers of 10
A collection of "proofs without words"
Representations of groups of small order
Counting principles
Tesselations and tilings
…and much more!

An indispensable, up-to-date resource, CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae, 31st Edition makes it effortless to find the equations, tables, and formulae you need most often.

Editorial Reviews


… This 31st edition (published in 2003) is a big improvement over my 27th edition, in selection of material, in organization, and in appearance. The index is very thorough, and I was able to find the answers to my test questions almost immediately through the index. … this book has an edge over the web in a couple of areas. One is statistics: unlike math, statistics does not a large presence on the web, and it’s hard to find answers to statistical methods questions there. The present book has 100 pages of useful statistical methods. The other area is for browsing for a useful result. When working on a math problem, it’s often valuable to look through handbooks for results or formulas that resemble the result you need and that you may be able to adapt to your needs. It’s very hard to do a web search for this purpose.
—Allen Stenger, MAA Reviews, May 2010

The 31st edition of the CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae is, without a doubt, the new and improved bible of mathematics. It is an outstanding reference book, containing more than 30 new sections, covering more than 3,000 items, and including tables, properties, etc. The index has been revamped to make it faster and easier to find results. Author Daniel Zwillinger has done an excellent job keeping the same successful format that has characterized earlier editions of the handbook. It won’t teach you math, but if you use math for any project, you will find what you need to know here. … Mathematicians will find this handbook indispensable—an absolute must-have desk reference. The ready access of tables that may be needed in mathematical endeavors will make life much easier for engineers, scientists, mathematicians, or even for those who are in the process of studying these and related subjects.
—John Vacca, former computer security official for NASA’s space station program (Freedom), The Barnes & Noble Review

An excellent reference resource for all readership levels, this guide offers easy navigation through a browseable table of contents and an extensive index. It follows a natural progression for those studying the subject. It is logical, useful, and affordable. Summing up: Highly Recommended.
CHOICE, September 2003

Product Details

  • Series: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications
  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC; 31 edition (November 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584882913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584882916
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best reference you could have October 6, 2003
I am a graduate student in engineering, I did my undergraduate in physics and mathematics. This is by far the number one book that I would suggest to anyone in any science or math. I find the most useful sections are the table of integrals, derivatives, trig identities, geometric formulae, physical constants, and unit conversions (all lists are quite complete). I have a number of other references, including this book's big brother, the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, but I find this one easier to use for most applications. I actually have a much older edition that my dad gave me when he was studying engineering, but I've looked through the new one, and it looks as good as the old. I'm actually buying a second copy to have at the lab.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No complete Z-Transform table September 30, 2010
By eb937
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While this edition is up-to-date with the current information, certain things, like the complete Z-Transform table were taken out, leaving with in place, a basic Z-transform table with only 10 transformations. The previous editions of CRC's Standard Mathematical Tables had complete Z-Transform tables. If you need a complete Z-Transform table, I would recommend looking into the older editions, such as the 27th edition, instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly clear and easy to use April 24, 2007
The more I use this book the more I like it. I use five "handbook-type" sources: this book, the old NBS handbook, the handbook by Bronshtein and Semendatyev, MathWorld on line, and Wikipedia on line; all have their virtues, and I would not do without any one of them. The great virtue of the CRC handbook is not that it's complete, which it isn't, and which no handbook can hope to be. Rather, given that the use of a handbook is to fill in missing facts or techniques in one's knowledge, that I can understand almost anything in the CRC handbook by reading it just once, without having to cross-reference to other sources or other parts of the book. This is an extremely difficult thing to achieve, and I tip my hat to the contributors and editors for doing it so well.

Inevitably, the book pays a price for this. It's most notable in Chapter 8, "Scientific Computing", which is remarkably clear, at the expense of detailed discussion. Fine; so be it. At least I can understand everything it says. Given my druthers, I might have omitted some things from the book to make space for more thorough coverage of certain topics. My criterion wold be based on the assumption that anyone who refers to this volume with any frequency can be presumed to have a reasonably good scientific pocket calculator, so that those things that can be determined by a few keystrokes on a calculator could be safely omitted from this handbook. For example, although a discussion of indefinite integrals and a list of some of the less obvious ones is clearly appropriate, my pocket calculator will disgorge 95% of those listed in a 36-page table in this book if I just enter the integrand and ask for the indefinite integral by a single comand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Math Handbook July 31, 2006
The text is the latest version of a handbook I used for a long time while tutoring in math. This latest version is better and more complete than the one I had before. I highly recommend it for anyone needing or interested in mathematics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference September 21, 2005
Great Reference Book! Definitely worth buying! Doesn't provide explanations or teach anything, but just about anything you want to look up from Integrals to Fourier Series and Transforms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be cautious. Only good for reference. November 26, 2010
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I wanted to use this in my electrodynamics exams but it didn't have a couple of math formulas.
But it's PERFECT for a reference book though.
And it's user-friendly.
I don't regret buying it at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a very comprehensive coverage of a broad array of mathametical standards.

Sometimes a mathmetical concept or premise is best understood if you have multible references. This book serves to provide information to those who already have some underlying knowledge to the topic they are referencing in the book - a highly successful implemtation of the primary stated purpose of the book.

The only improvement to this book would be the inclusion of references by the author to primers or underlying concepts that better represent the purpose and utility of the materials presented. Such as a "See Also..." or "For more information on this see..." under each major topic section. That way the author doesn't need to waste time and effort for topics which are not in the intended purpose of the book.

Self improvement and lifelong learners use these books too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still great, but somethings missing January 18, 2007
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This is still a great resource. However, this edition leaves out many of the tables (though a calculator will generate them) and the information on basic geometric shapes (e.g., volume, area) is difficult to use as a quick reference. The book puts too much emphasis on analytical geometry which makes this version harder for engineers to use. Still is a great value.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference
As a physicist, I do a lot of wonky math. In undergrad, I used this book primarily for its integral table and trig functions section. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ElizabethDoesPhysics
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot to learn
I used this book in my physics and engineering class. It contains and offers more equations and formulas than expected.
Published 9 months ago by Obioma
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent mathematical handbook
The book contains all the concise mathematical information needed for everyday use and for students, engineers and applied scientists. Read more
Published 17 months ago by wdj4emarketlink
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good tool
As senior mechanical engineer, I desired a practical tool that could be a general reference for all those uncommon but not so unfrequent problems that require something more than... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Luca57
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful on physics qualifying exam
Excellent mathematical reference for physics qual. We were given a Hamiltonian with a 1/sinh x potential and the CRC had all the required hyperbolic trig identities.
Published on January 21, 2012 by Richard Anantua
5.0 out of 5 stars Home School Teacher, Seton Home Study School
We have a 1959 edition that was well used. We needed an updated version. It is an excellent resource and companion for every student and teacher as it is for us.
Published on November 16, 2009 by Dj Waites
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ Seller!!
Product received as accurately described online. My order was well packaged and delivered in a very timely fashion. This was a smooth transaction and a great experience!
Published on April 30, 2009 by Tamo65
3.0 out of 5 stars verry informal
Has a lot of good information, but triing to find it all is not that easy.
Published on March 1, 2009 by J. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars For my grandson
I bought it as a reference book for my 12 year old grandson who lives in a different state. He will be able to use the CRC mathematical reference book from junior high through... Read more
Published on January 28, 2009 by Just me
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have
I am a physics major, and this book was recommended to me by one of my professors as a good source of integral tables, and as a great general reference on miscellaneous... Read more
Published on October 24, 2008 by Miner2341
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