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Definitive Mathematical Functions Site Now Online

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  • Subject: [mg45472] Definitive Mathematical Functions Site Now Online
  • From: Wolfram Research <newsdesk at wolfram.com>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 05:20:40 -0500 (EST)
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87,160 formulas and 10,828 graphics about mathematical functions
are now available free at The Wolfram Functions Site, an
important new resource for mathematicians, scientists, engineers,
and students at:
http://functions.wolfram.com

In the applications of mathematics to science and engineering--as
well as in pure mathematics itself--there are several hundred so-
-called "special functions" that have been intensively used for a
century or more. These special functions--with names like Bessel
functions, hypergeometric functions, and totient functions--
define focal points of mathematical knowledge. The Wolfram
Functions Site provides in a readily accessible way the largest
collection, by far, of such knowledge ever assembled.

Several widely used handbooks of mathematical functions have been
published, the largest of which contained about 15,000 formulas,
meticulously compiled from thousands of technical papers.
Traditional handbooks have also included only handfuls of
graphics illustrating the properties of functions. With
Mathematica, a huge number of new visualizations of functions
have become possible. The Wolfram Functions Site assembles over
10,000 of these, with many more being planned.

A major tour de force of reference website construction, The
Wolfram Functions Site contains over 30 gigabytes of data.
Material in The Wolfram Functions Site can be downloaded in
several standard formats, including Mathematica InputForm and
StandardForm, MathML, and PDF. Formulas can be copied from the
site and immediately used as input to a computer system. For ease
of citation, each formula has been assigned a unique permanent ID.

While having already far surpassed previous knowledge bases for
mathematical functions, continued growth is projected for The
Wolfram Functions Site, with new searching capabilities, external
contributions, and new classes of graphics and information. Visit
the site at:
http://functions.wolfram.com


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