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Re: Wolfram, meet Stefan and Boltzmann

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  • Subject: [mg117465] Re: Wolfram, meet Stefan and Boltzmann
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2011 05:20:28 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <ilq6v8$bm4$> <ilsrcu$svv$> <ilve3r$emn$>

In article <ilve3r$emn$1 at>, SigmundV <sigmundv at> 

> It also astonished me that AES is not familiar with the term
> 'antiderivative'. The derivative of the antiderivative is the function
> itself.

Pretty obvious what it means, of course.  But:

1)  "Antiderivative" doesn't appear in the New Oxford American 
Dictionary; "indefinite integral" does.

2)  The MIT Math Department's online "Calculus for Beginners" course 

   16.1 The Antiderivative

   The antiderivative is the name we sometimes (rarely) give 
   to the operation that goes backward from the derivative of 
   a function to the function itself . . . The more common name 
   for the antiderivative is the indefinite integral. This is the 
   identical notion, merely a different name for it.

3)  I'm 250 miles from my home library at the moment, so can't look in 
the indexes of Morse and Feshbach or comparable classics; but 
has an online searchable listing for Courant and Hilbert, Methods of 
Mathematical Physics, and "antiderivative" doesn't appear in its index, 
or anywhere else in the book. 

And so on . . .

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