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The Umbral Calculus (Dover Books on Mathematics) Paperback – February 18, 2005
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I'm writing this second review in order to mention that other source, but, since I earlier said I'd give this four-and-a-half stars, I'm taking this opportunity to raise the average to four-and-a-half by giving it five stars this time.
It is used in the study of orthogonal polynomials, in differential equations, in computations generally, and in the study of probability distributions. In fact it is an old (classical!) theory, but it undergoes periodic revivals.
An especially notable revival was pioneered by Gian-Carlo Rota in the 1970ties. He put the subject on a firm (rigorous!) foundation; with axioms, operators, diagrams, and duality arrows.
Previously it had been more like a bag of tricks involving formal power series and ad hoc computations with generating functions.
Motivated by Rota, Steven Roman came out with a different book: offering a wider view, a striking elegance, and including numerous new and intriguing applications. Roman's book was now reprinted in 2005 by Dover in this attractive little volume. Review by Palle Jorgensen, September 2007.
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A little difficult but after some work and translating to Pascal Matrices it all makes sense. There are some points that are glossed over though; that's where the "little... Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by Amazon Customer