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Mathematics
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Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. There is a range of views among mathematicians and philosophers as to the exact scope, Mathematicians seek out patterns and use them to formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof, when mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation, measurement, practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back as written records exist. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry, rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclids Elements. Galileo Galilei said, The universe cannot be read until we have learned the language and it is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word. Without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth, carl Friedrich Gauss referred to mathematics as the Queen of the Sciences. Benjamin Peirce called mathematics the science that draws necessary conclusions, David Hilbert said of mathematics, We are not speaking here of arbitrariness in any sense. Mathematics is not like a game whose tasks are determined by arbitrarily stipulated rules, rather, it is a conceptual system possessing internal necessity that can only be so and by no means otherwise. Albert Einstein stated that as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to entirely new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics, Mathematicians also engage in pure mathematics, or mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind. There is no clear line separating pure and applied mathematics, the history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The earliest uses of mathematics were in trading, land measurement, painting and weaving patterns, in Babylonian mathematics elementary arithmetic first appears in the archaeological record. Numeracy pre-dated writing and numeral systems have many and diverse. Between 600 and 300 BC the Ancient Greeks began a study of mathematics in its own right with Greek mathematics. Mathematics has since been extended, and there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science, to the benefit of both. Mathematical discoveries continue to be made today, the overwhelming majority of works in this ocean contain new mathematical theorems and their proofs. The word máthēma is derived from μανθάνω, while the modern Greek equivalent is μαθαίνω, in Greece, the word for mathematics came to have the narrower and more technical meaning mathematical study even in Classical times

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David Hilbert
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David Hilbert was a German mathematician. He is recognized as one of the most influential and universal mathematicians of the 19th, Hilbert discovered and developed a broad range of fundamental ideas in many areas, including invariant theory and the axiomatization of geometry. He also formulated the theory of Hilbert spaces, one of the foundations of functional analysis, Hilbert adopted and warmly defended Georg Cantors set theory and transfinite numbers. A famous example of his leadership in mathematics is his 1900 presentation of a collection of problems set the course for much of the mathematical research of the 20th century. Hilbert and his students contributed significantly to establishing rigor and developed important tools used in mathematical physics. Hilbert is known as one of the founders of theory and mathematical logic. In late 1872, Hilbert entered the Friedrichskolleg Gymnasium, but, after a period, he transferred to. Upon graduation, in autumn 1880, Hilbert enrolled at the University of Königsberg, in early 1882, Hermann Minkowski, returned to Königsberg and entered the university. Hilbert knew his luck when he saw it, in spite of his fathers disapproval, he soon became friends with the shy, gifted Minkowski. In 1884, Adolf Hurwitz arrived from Göttingen as an Extraordinarius, Hilbert obtained his doctorate in 1885, with a dissertation, written under Ferdinand von Lindemann, titled Über invariante Eigenschaften spezieller binärer Formen, insbesondere der Kugelfunktionen. Hilbert remained at the University of Königsberg as a Privatdozent from 1886 to 1895, in 1895, as a result of intervention on his behalf by Felix Klein, he obtained the position of Professor of Mathematics at the University of Göttingen. During the Klein and Hilbert years, Göttingen became the preeminent institution in the mathematical world and he remained there for the rest of his life. Among Hilberts students were Hermann Weyl, chess champion Emanuel Lasker, Ernst Zermelo, john von Neumann was his assistant. At the University of Göttingen, Hilbert was surrounded by a circle of some of the most important mathematicians of the 20th century, such as Emmy Noether. Between 1902 and 1939 Hilbert was editor of the Mathematische Annalen, good, he did not have enough imagination to become a mathematician. Hilbert lived to see the Nazis purge many of the prominent faculty members at University of Göttingen in 1933 and those forced out included Hermann Weyl, Emmy Noether and Edmund Landau. One who had to leave Germany, Paul Bernays, had collaborated with Hilbert in mathematical logic and this was a sequel to the Hilbert-Ackermann book Principles of Mathematical Logic from 1928. Hermann Weyls successor was Helmut Hasse, about a year later, Hilbert attended a banquet and was seated next to the new Minister of Education, Bernhard Rust

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Encyclopedia of Mathematics
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The Encyclopedia of Mathematics is a large reference work in mathematics. It is available in form and on CD-ROM. The 2002 version contains more than 8,000 entries covering most areas of mathematics at a level. The encyclopedia is edited by Michiel Hazewinkel and was published by Kluwer Academic Publishers until 2003, the CD-ROM contains animations and three-dimensional objects. Until November 29,2011, a version of the encyclopedia could be browsed online free of charge online This URL now redirects to the new wiki incarnation of the EOM. A new dynamic version of the encyclopedia is now available as a public wiki online and this new wiki is a collaboration between Springer and the European Mathematical Society. This new version of the encyclopedia includes the entire contents of the online version. All entries will be monitored for content accuracy by members of a board selected by the European Mathematical Society. Vinogradov, I. M. Matematicheskaya entsiklopediya, Moscow, Sov, Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Kluwer,1994. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol.1, Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol.2, Kluwer,1988. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol.3, Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol.4, Kluwer,1989. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol.5, Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol.6, Kluwer,1990. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol.7, Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol.8, Kluwer,1992. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol.9, Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Vol.10, Kluwer,1994. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Supplement I, Kluwer,1997, Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Supplement II, Kluwer,2000. Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, Supplement III, Kluwer,2002, Hazewinkel, M. Encyclopaedia of Mathematics on CD-ROM, Kluwer,1998. Encyclopedia of Mathematics, public wiki monitored by a board under the management of the European Mathematical Society. List of online encyclopedias Current page of M. Hazewinkel Online Encyclopedia of Mathematics

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Erhard Schmidt
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Erhard Schmidt was a Baltic German mathematician whose work significantly influenced the direction of mathematics in the twentieth century. Schmidt was born in Tartu, in the Governorate of Livonia and his advisor was David Hilbert and he was awarded his doctorate from Georg-August University of Göttingen in 1905. His doctoral dissertation was entitled Entwickelung willkürlicher Functionen nach Systemen vorgeschriebener and was a work on integral equations, together with David Hilbert he made important contributions to functional analysis. After the war, in 1948, Schmidt founded and became the first editor-in-chief of the journal Mathematische Nachrichten, such a war would have cost us half a million young men. But everybody would have admired our victorious leader, now, Hitler has sacrificed half a million Jews and has achieved great things for Germany. I hope some day you will be recompensed but I am still grateful to Hitler, gram–Schmidt process Hilbert–Schmidt operator Lyapunov–Schmidt reduction Schmidt decomposition Hilbert–Schmidt integral operator List of Baltic German scientists Zermelo, Ernst. Beweis, daß jede Menge wohlgeordnet werden kann, reprinted in English translation as Proof that every set can be well-ordered, van Heijenoort 1976, pp. 139–141

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Ferdinand Georg Frobenius
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Ferdinand Georg Frobenius was a German mathematician, best known for his contributions to the theory of elliptic functions, differential equations and to group theory. He is known for the famous determinantal identities, known as Frobenius–Stickelberger formulae, governing elliptic functions and he was also the first to introduce the notion of rational approximations of functions, and gave the first full proof for the Cayley–Hamilton theorem. He also lent his name to certain objects in modern mathematical physics. Ferdinand Georg Frobenius was born on 26 October 1849 in Charlottenburg, a suburb of Berlin from parents Christian Ferdinand Frobenius, a Protestant parson and he entered the Joachimsthal Gymnasium in 1860 when he was nearly eleven. He received his doctorate in 1870 supervised by Weierstrass and his thesis, supervised by Weierstrass, was on the solution of differential equations. Frobenius was only in Berlin a year before he went to Zürich to take up an appointment as a professor at the Eidgenössische Polytechnikum. For seventeen years, between 1875 and 1892, Frobenius worked in Zürich and it was there that he married, brought up his family, and did much important work in widely differing areas of mathematics. In the last days of December 1891 Kronecker died and, therefore, Weierstrass, strongly believing that Frobenius was the right person to keep Berlin in the forefront of mathematics, used his considerable influence to have Frobenius appointed. In 1893 he returned to Berlin, where he was elected to the Prussian Academy of Sciences, group theory was one of Frobenius principal interests in the second half of his career. One of his first contributions was the proof of the Sylow theorems for abstract groups, earlier proofs had been for permutation groups. His proof of the first Sylow theorem is one of those used today. He also posed the problem, If, in the above theorem, k =1. Many years ago this problem was solved for solvable groups, only in 1991, after the classification of finite simple groups, was this problem solved in general. More important was his creation of the theory of group characters and group representations and this work led to the notion of Frobenius reciprocity and the definition of what are now called Frobenius groups. A group G is said to be a Frobenius group if there is a subgroup H < G such that H ∩ H x = for all x ∈ G − H. In that case, the set N = G − ⋃ x ∈ G − H H x together with the identity element of G forms a subgroup which is nilpotent as John G. Thompson showed in 1959, all known proofs of that theorem make use of characters. In his first paper about characters, Frobenius constructed the character table of the group P S L of order for all odd primes p and he also made fundamental contributions to the representation theory of the symmetric and alternating groups. Frobenius introduced a way of turning primes into conjugacy classes in Galois groups over Q

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Michiel Hazewinkel
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Born in Amsterdam to Jan Hazewinkel and Geertrude Hendrika Werner, Hazewinkel studied at the University of Amsterdam. After graduation Hazewinkel started his career as Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam in 1969. In 1970 he became Associate Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, here he was thesis advisor of Roelof Stroeker, M. van de Vel, Jo Ritzen, and Gerard van der Hoek. From 1973 to 1975 he was also Professor at the Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, were Marcel van de Vel was his PhD student. At the Centre for Mathematics and Computer CWI in Amsterdam in 1988 he became Professor of Mathematics and head of the Department of Algebra, Analysis, in 1994 Hazewinkel was elected member of the International Academy of Computer Sciences and Systems. Hazewinkel has authored and edited books, and numerous articles. With Michel Demazure and Pierre Gabriel, on invariants, canonical forms and moduli for linear, constant, finite dimensional, dynamical systems. Moduli and canonical forms for linear dynamical systems II, The topological case, on Lie algebras and finite dimensional filtering. Stochastics, a journal of probability and stochastic processes 7. 1–2. Nonexistence of finite-dimensional filters for conditional statistics of the sensor problem. Systems & control letters 3.6, 331–340, the algebra of quasi-symmetric functions is free over the integers

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Banach space
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In mathematics, more specifically in functional analysis, a Banach space is a complete normed vector space. Banach spaces are named after the Polish mathematician Stefan Banach, who introduced this concept and studied it systematically in 1920–1922 along with Hans Hahn, Banach spaces originally grew out of the study of function spaces by Hilbert, Fréchet, and Riesz earlier in the century. Banach spaces play a role in functional analysis. In other areas of analysis, the spaces under study are often Banach spaces, the vector space structure allows one to relate the behavior of Cauchy sequences to that of converging series of vectors. All norms on a vector space are equivalent. Every finite-dimensional normed space over R or C is a Banach space, if X and Y are normed spaces over the same ground field K, the set of all continuous K-linear maps T, X → Y is denoted by B. In infinite-dimensional spaces, not all maps are continuous. For Y a Banach space, the space B is a Banach space with respect to this norm, if X is a Banach space, the space B = B forms a unital Banach algebra, the multiplication operation is given by the composition of linear maps. If X and Y are normed spaces, they are isomorphic normed spaces if there exists a linear bijection T, X → Y such that T, if one of the two spaces X or Y is complete then so is the other space. Two normed spaces X and Y are isometrically isomorphic if in addition, T is an isometry, the Banach–Mazur distance d between two isomorphic but not isometric spaces X and Y gives a measure of how much the two spaces X and Y differ. Every normed space X can be embedded in a Banach space. More precisely, there is a Banach space Y and an isometric mapping T, X → Y such that T is dense in Y. If Z is another Banach space such that there is an isomorphism from X onto a dense subset of Z. This Banach space Y is the completion of the normed space X, the underlying metric space for Y is the same as the metric completion of X, with the vector space operations extended from X to Y. The completion of X is often denoted by X ^, the cartesian product X × Y of two normed spaces is not canonically equipped with a norm. However, several equivalent norms are used, such as ∥ ∥1 = ∥ x ∥ + ∥ y ∥, ∥ ∥ ∞ = max. In this sense, the product X × Y is complete if and only if the two factors are complete. If M is a linear subspace of a normed space X, there is a natural norm on the quotient space X / M

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Stereotype space
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In functional analysis and related areas of mathematics stereotype spaces are topological vector spaces defined by a special variant of reflexivity condition. Each pseudocomplete barreled space X is stereotype, a metrizable locally convex space X is stereotype if and only if X is complete. Each infinite dimensional normed space X considered with the X ⋆ -weak topology is not stereotype, there exist stereotype spaces which are not Mackey spaces. Some simple connections between the properties of a stereotype space X and those of its dual space X ⋆ are expressed in the following list of regularities, the first results on this type of reflexivity of topological vector spaces were obtained by M. F. Smith in 1952. Further investigations were conducted by B. S. Brudovskii, W. C, waterhouse, K. Brauner, S. S. Akbarov, and E. T. Shavgulidze. Each locally convex space X can be transformed into a space with the help of the standard operations of pseudocompletion and pseudosaturation defined by the following two propositions. If X is a locally convex space, then its pseudosaturation X △ is stereotype. Dually, if X is a locally convex space, then its pseudocompletion X ▽ is stereotype. For arbitrary locally convex space X the spaces X △ ▽ and X ▽ △ are stereotype and it defines two natural tensor products X ⊛ Y, = Hom ⋆, X ⊙ Y, = Hom. This condition is weaker than the existence of the Schauder basis, the following proposition holds, If two stereotype spaces X and Y have the stereotype approximation property, then the spaces Hom, X ⊛ Y and X ⊙ Y have the stereotype approximation property as well. In particular, if X has the approximation property, then the same is true for X ⋆. This allows to reduce the list of counterexamples in comparison with the Banach theory, the arising theory of stereotype algebras allows to simplify constructions in the duality theories for non-commutative groups. In particular, the group algebras in these theories become Hopf algebras in the algebraic sense. Schaefer, Helmuth H. Topological vector spaces, Robertson, A. P. Robertson, W. J. Topological vector spaces. The Pontrjagin duality theorem in linear spaces, on k- and c-reflexivity of locally convex vector spaces. Brauner, K. Duals of Fréchet spaces and a generalization of the Banach-Dieudonné theorem, Akbarov, S. S. Pontryagin duality in the theory of topological vector spaces and in topological algebra. Akbarov, S. S. Holomorphic functions of exponential type, envelopes and refinements in categories, with applications to functional analysis. On two classes of spaces reflexive in the sense of Pontryagin, Akbarov, S. S. Pontryagin duality and topological algebras

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Hilbert space
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The mathematical concept of a Hilbert space, named after David Hilbert, generalizes the notion of Euclidean space. It extends the methods of algebra and calculus from the two-dimensional Euclidean plane. A Hilbert space is a vector space possessing the structure of an inner product that allows length. Furthermore, Hilbert spaces are complete, there are limits in the space to allow the techniques of calculus to be used. Hilbert spaces arise naturally and frequently in mathematics and physics, typically as infinite-dimensional function spaces, the earliest Hilbert spaces were studied from this point of view in the first decade of the 20th century by David Hilbert, Erhard Schmidt, and Frigyes Riesz. They are indispensable tools in the theories of partial differential equations, quantum mechanics, Fourier analysis —and ergodic theory, john von Neumann coined the term Hilbert space for the abstract concept that underlies many of these diverse applications. The success of Hilbert space methods ushered in a very fruitful era for functional analysis, geometric intuition plays an important role in many aspects of Hilbert space theory. Exact analogs of the Pythagorean theorem and parallelogram law hold in a Hilbert space, at a deeper level, perpendicular projection onto a subspace plays a significant role in optimization problems and other aspects of the theory. An element of a Hilbert space can be specified by its coordinates with respect to a set of coordinate axes. When that set of axes is countably infinite, this means that the Hilbert space can also usefully be thought of in terms of the space of sequences that are square-summable. The latter space is often in the literature referred to as the Hilbert space. One of the most familiar examples of a Hilbert space is the Euclidean space consisting of vectors, denoted by ℝ3. The dot product takes two vectors x and y, and produces a real number x·y, If x and y are represented in Cartesian coordinates, then the dot product is defined by ⋅ = x 1 y 1 + x 2 y 2 + x 3 y 3. The dot product satisfies the properties, It is symmetric in x and y, x · y = y · x. It is linear in its first argument, · y = ax1 · y + bx2 · y for any scalars a, b, and vectors x1, x2, and y. It is positive definite, for all x, x · x ≥0, with equality if. An operation on pairs of vectors that, like the dot product, a vector space equipped with such an inner product is known as a inner product space. Every finite-dimensional inner product space is also a Hilbert space, multivariable calculus in Euclidean space relies on the ability to compute limits, and to have useful criteria for concluding that limits exist

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Inner product space
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In linear algebra, an inner product space is a vector space with an additional structure called an inner product. This additional structure associates each pair of vectors in the space with a quantity known as the inner product of the vectors. Inner products allow the introduction of intuitive geometrical notions such as the length of a vector or the angle between two vectors. They also provide the means of defining orthogonality between vectors, inner product spaces generalize Euclidean spaces to vector spaces of any dimension, and are studied in functional analysis. An inner product induces a associated norm, thus an inner product space is also a normed vector space. A complete space with a product is called a Hilbert space. An space with a product is called a pre-Hilbert space, since its completion with respect to the norm induced by the inner product is a Hilbert space. Inner product spaces over the field of numbers are sometimes referred to as unitary spaces. In this article, the field of scalars denoted F is either the field of real numbers R or the field of complex numbers C, formally, an inner product space is a vector space V over the field F together with an inner product, i. e. Some authors, especially in physics and matrix algebra, prefer to define the inner product, then the first argument becomes conjugate linear, rather than the second. In those disciplines we would write the product ⟨ x, y ⟩ as ⟨ y | x ⟩, respectively y † x. Here the kets and columns are identified with the vectors of V and this reverse order is now occasionally followed in the more abstract literature, taking ⟨ x, y ⟩ to be conjugate linear in x rather than y. A few instead find a ground by recognizing both ⟨ ⋅, ⋅ ⟩ and ⟨ ⋅ | ⋅ ⟩ as distinct notations differing only in which argument is conjugate linear. There are various reasons why it is necessary to restrict the basefield to R and C in the definition. Briefly, the basefield has to contain an ordered subfield in order for non-negativity to make sense, the basefield has to have additional structure, such as a distinguished automorphism. More generally any quadratically closed subfield of R or C will suffice for this purpose, however in these cases when it is a proper subfield even finite-dimensional inner product spaces will fail to be metrically complete. In contrast all finite-dimensional inner product spaces over R or C, such as used in quantum computation, are automatically metrically complete. In some cases we need to consider non-negative semi-definite sesquilinear forms and this means that ⟨ x, x ⟩ is only required to be non-negative

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Euclidean space
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In geometry, Euclidean space encompasses the two-dimensional Euclidean plane, the three-dimensional space of Euclidean geometry, and certain other spaces. It is named after the Ancient Greek mathematician Euclid of Alexandria, the term Euclidean distinguishes these spaces from other types of spaces considered in modern geometry. Euclidean spaces also generalize to higher dimensions, classical Greek geometry defined the Euclidean plane and Euclidean three-dimensional space using certain postulates, while the other properties of these spaces were deduced as theorems. Geometric constructions are used to define rational numbers. It means that points of the space are specified with collections of real numbers and this approach brings the tools of algebra and calculus to bear on questions of geometry and has the advantage that it generalizes easily to Euclidean spaces of more than three dimensions. From the modern viewpoint, there is only one Euclidean space of each dimension. With Cartesian coordinates it is modelled by the coordinate space of the same dimension. In one dimension, this is the line, in two dimensions, it is the Cartesian plane, and in higher dimensions it is a coordinate space with three or more real number coordinates. One way to think of the Euclidean plane is as a set of points satisfying certain relationships, expressible in terms of distance, for example, there are two fundamental operations on the plane. One is translation, which means a shifting of the plane so that point is shifted in the same direction. The other is rotation about a point in the plane. In order to all of this mathematically precise, the theory must clearly define the notions of distance, angle, translation. Even when used in theories, Euclidean space is an abstraction detached from actual physical locations, specific reference frames, measurement instruments. The standard way to such space, as carried out in the remainder of this article, is to define the Euclidean plane as a two-dimensional real vector space equipped with an inner product. The reason for working with vector spaces instead of Rn is that it is often preferable to work in a coordinate-free manner. Once the Euclidean plane has been described in language, it is actually a simple matter to extend its concept to arbitrary dimensions. For the most part, the vocabulary, formulae, and calculations are not made any more difficult by the presence of more dimensions. Intuitively, the distinction says merely that there is no choice of where the origin should go in the space

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International Standard Book Number
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The International Standard Book Number is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, the method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering created in 1966, the 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108. Occasionally, a book may appear without a printed ISBN if it is printed privately or the author does not follow the usual ISBN procedure, however, this can be rectified later. Another identifier, the International Standard Serial Number, identifies periodical publications such as magazines, the ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 in the United Kingdom by David Whitaker and in 1968 in the US by Emery Koltay. The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108, the United Kingdom continued to use the 9-digit SBN code until 1974. The ISO on-line facility only refers back to 1978, an SBN may be converted to an ISBN by prefixing the digit 0. For example, the edition of Mr. J. G. Reeder Returns, published by Hodder in 1965, has SBN340013818 -340 indicating the publisher,01381 their serial number. This can be converted to ISBN 0-340-01381-8, the check digit does not need to be re-calculated, since 1 January 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits, a format that is compatible with Bookland European Article Number EAN-13s. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an ebook, a paperback, and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, a 13-digit ISBN can be separated into its parts, and when this is done it is customary to separate the parts with hyphens or spaces. Separating the parts of a 10-digit ISBN is also done with either hyphens or spaces, figuring out how to correctly separate a given ISBN number is complicated, because most of the parts do not use a fixed number of digits. ISBN issuance is country-specific, in that ISBNs are issued by the ISBN registration agency that is responsible for country or territory regardless of the publication language. Some ISBN registration agencies are based in national libraries or within ministries of culture, in other cases, the ISBN registration service is provided by organisations such as bibliographic data providers that are not government funded. In Canada, ISBNs are issued at no cost with the purpose of encouraging Canadian culture. In the United Kingdom, United States, and some countries, where the service is provided by non-government-funded organisations. Australia, ISBNs are issued by the library services agency Thorpe-Bowker