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The 31st Edition of the CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae is, without a doubt, the new and improved bible of mathematics. It is an outstanding reference book, containing more than 30 new sections, covering more than 3,000 items, and including tables, properties, etc. The index has been revamped to make it faster and easier to find results.
Author Daniel Zwillinger has done an excellent job keeping the same successful format that has characterized earlier editions of the handbook. It won't teach you math, but if you use math for any project, you will find what you need to know here. For example, Chapter 1 begins with an analysis of numbers and then combines them into series and products. Chapter 2 covers the different types of algebra studied: elementary, linear, and abstract. Chapter 3 covers traditional discrete topics such as combinatorics, graph theory, coding theory, information theory, operations search, and game theory. Then, Chapter 4 covers all aspects of geometry, from points, lines, planes, and surfaces to polyhedra, coordinate systems, and differential geometry.
Chapter 5 covers calculus material: differentiation, integration, differential and integral equations, and tensor analysis. Chapter 6 contains a sequence of functions -- starting with the trigonometric, exponential, and hyperbolic functions and leading to many of the common functions encountered in applications. Chapter 7 begins with basic probability information and leads to common statistical needs. Then, Chapter 8 explores numerical solutions of linear and nonlinear algebraic systems, numerical algorithms for linear algebra, and numerical solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations. Chapter 9 contains the formulae needed to determine the return on an investment and explains how to determine annuity. Finally, Chapter 10 provides an area for miscellaneous information, including biographies of famous mathematicians.
Mathematicians will find this handbook indispensable -- an absolute must-have desk reference. The ready access of tables that may be needed in mathematical endeavors will make life much easier for engineers, scientists, mathematicians, or even for those who are in the process of studying these and related subjects. John Vacca
John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.