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Special Functions
A Graduate Text

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics

  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521197977

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  • The subject of special functions is often presented as a collection of disparate results, which are rarely organised in a coherent way. This book answers the need for a different approach to the subject. The authors' main goals are to emphasise general unifying principles coherently and to provide clear motivation, efficient proofs, and original references for all of the principal results. The book covers standard material, but also much more, including chapters on discrete orthogonal polynomials and elliptic functions. The authors show how a very large part of the subject traces back to two equations – the hypergeometric equation and the confluent hypergeometric equation – and describe the various ways in which these equations are canonical and special. Providing ready access to theory and formulas, this book serves as an ideal graduate-level textbook as well as a convenient reference.

    • Unified view provides a framework that allows students a firmer grasp of the material
    • Brief appendices outline material from complex analysis and Fourier analysis
    • Includes succinct end-of-chapter summaries and over 350 exercises
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    "We’re indebted to these distinguished senior analysts for writing a very fine textbook, just after the publication of Olver et al.’s Handbook of Mathematical Functions has put an updated spotlight on this classical, but continuingly important, topic. The subject is presented convincingly and at the appropriate level for the intended audience. Although there have been many monographs on special functions since Whittaker and Watson, we can anticipate that Beals and Wong will become a classic textbook for graduate students in math, applied math, and physics. Don’t delay in becoming familiar with it!"
    ROBERT E. O’MALLEY, JR.. Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521197977
    • length: 466 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 350 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Orientation
    2. Gamma, beta, zeta
    3. Second order differential equations
    4. Orthogonal polynomials
    5. Discrete orthogonal polynomials
    6. Confluent hypergeometric functions
    7. Cylinder functions
    8. Hypergeometric functions
    9. Spherical functions
    10. Asymptotics
    11. Elliptic functions

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    Richard Beals, Roderick Wong

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    Richard Beals, Yale University, Connecticut
    Richard Beals is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Yale University.

    Roderick Wong, City University of Hong Kong
    Roderick Wong is Professor of Mathematics and Vice President for Research at the City University of Hong Kong.

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