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  • Series: Dover Books on Mathematics
  • Paperback: 563 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486661652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486661650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Original Language: German

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tony Aponick on January 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
The last chapter on the Euler-MacLauren summation formula, and attendant interrelations among the Zeta function, Bernoulli Numbers and Bernoulli Polynomials is alone worth three times the price of this gem. Chock full of recipes and explanations of many of those little annoying points you don't understand fully. Do you REALLY understand what 'asymptotically equal to (~)' means? Heartily recommended!
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By V. N. Dvornychenko on February 15, 2002
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Anything to do with "infinity" is fascinating. Much of the history of mathematics has been a duel between those who see "infinity" as a delusion and impediment to progress, and those who see it as the greatest tool in the mathematician's toolbox. Infinite series, which may be loosely defined as sums of an infinite number of terms (numbers), take on some of this fascination. Although this book will appeal mainly to the professional mathematician, there is enough historical and elementary material to profit many college students- and possibly even some high school students.
Professional mathematician will find this book useful for filling in gaps left by topics not covered in traditional courses. An example is the detailed discussion of Euler's summation formula, which goes far beyond the simplified form usually encountered in textbooks. Another fascinating topic covered is divergent series, and methods by which meaningful sums can be assigned to these. There is something counterintuitive -- and, frankly, mind-boggling -- about many of these results.

Mathematicians can be put into several categories: 1) applied-mathematicians/computer-scientists/engineers concerned with solving practical problems, 2) those concerned with pedagogy and the history of mathematics, 3) epistemology and rigorous proofs, and 4) formalists. The fourth category, formalists, is difficult to define, but may be described as those that emphasize obtaining new results through formal (technical) manipulations, without undue concern regarding the meaning of the intermediate steps. The greatest exponents of this art were Euler and Ramanujan, though Fourier, Dirac and Heaviside are also solid members of this camp.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1998
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Excellent book for consulting with lots of examples and problems. Very well written but with the problem of very old notation. Everything you need to know about series is in this book. Very good to use in problems seminars
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The Kindle edition is a flawed copy of the paper edition. I only have two examples, but being a math text where every symbol counts, that's enough for me to abandon the electronic version in favor of the paper version.

Example 1: Page 6 in the print book compares sets named M and N, but on the Kindle these are both referred to as M.
Example 2: Reference numbers set aside in the margin of the paper edition get interspersed throughout the Kindle edition. This is confusing as they sometimes come in the middle of an ordered list.

I encountered both problems very early, so there may be many more problems. The text is already a challenge for me, so I don't need additional, unnecessary problems to sort out. I do not recommend the Kindle version.
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