id: 02351843
dt: b
an: 2004a.00001
au: Finch, Steven R.
ti: Mathematical constants.
so: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (ISBN 0-521-81805-2). 616 p. (2003).
py: 2003
pu: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
la: EN
cc: A10
ut: unsolved problems
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ab: The author provides 136 essays, each devoted to a mathematical constant or
a class of constants, from the well known to the highly exotic. Topics
covered include the statistics of continued fractions, chaos in
nonlinear systems, prime numbers, sum-free sets, isoperimetric
problems, approximation theory, self-avoiding walks and the Ising model
(from statistical physics), binary and digital search trees (from
theoretical computer science), the Prouhet-Thue-Morse sequence, complex
analysis, geometric probability, and the traveling salesman problem.
This book will be helpful both to readers seeking information about a
specific constant and to readers who desire a panoramic view of all
constants coming from a particular field, for example, combinatorial
enumeration or geometric optimization. Unsolved problems appear
virtually everywhere as well. (Publisherâ€™s description)
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