Mathematics includes the study of such topics as quantity, structure and change. Mathematicians use patterns to formulate new conjectures; when mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back; the research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or centuries of sustained inquiry. Rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclid's Elements. Since the pioneering work of Giuseppe Peano, David Hilbert, others on axiomatic systems in the late 19th century, it has become customary to view mathematical research as establishing truth by rigorous deduction from appropriately chosen axioms and definitions. Mathematics developed at a slow pace until the Renaissance, when mathematical innovations interacting with new scientific discoveries led to a rapid increase in the rate of mathematical discovery that has continued to the present day.
Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, medicine and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics and game theory. Mathematicians engage in pure mathematics without having any application in mind, but practical applications for what began as pure mathematics are discovered later; the history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The first abstraction, shared by many animals, was that of numbers: the realization that a collection of two apples and a collection of two oranges have something in common, namely quantity of their members; as evidenced by tallies found on bone, in addition to recognizing how to count physical objects, prehistoric peoples may have recognized how to count abstract quantities, like time – days, years. Evidence for more complex mathematics does not appear until around 3000 BC, when the Babylonians and Egyptians began using arithmetic and geometry for taxation and other financial calculations, for building and construction, for astronomy.
The most ancient mathematical texts from Mesopotamia and Egypt are from 2000–1800 BC. Many early texts mention Pythagorean triples and so, by inference, the Pythagorean theorem seems to be the most ancient and widespread mathematical development after basic arithmetic and geometry, it is in Babylonian mathematics that elementary arithmetic first appear in the archaeological record. The Babylonians possessed a place-value system, used a sexagesimal numeral system, still in use today for measuring angles and time. Beginning in the 6th century BC with the Pythagoreans, the Ancient Greeks began a systematic study of mathematics as a subject in its own right with Greek mathematics. Around 300 BC, Euclid introduced the axiomatic method still used in mathematics today, consisting of definition, axiom and proof, his textbook Elements is considered the most successful and influential textbook of all time. The greatest mathematician of antiquity is held to be Archimedes of Syracuse, he developed formulas for calculating the surface area and volume of solids of revolution and used the method of exhaustion to calculate the area under the arc of a parabola with the summation of an infinite series, in a manner not too dissimilar from modern calculus.
Other notable achievements of Greek mathematics are conic sections, trigonometry (Hipparchus of Nicaea, the beginnings of algebra. The Hindu–Arabic numeral system and the rules for the use of its operations, in use throughout the world today, evolved over the course of the first millennium AD in India and were transmitted to the Western world via Islamic mathematics. Other notable developments of Indian mathematics include the modern definition of sine and cosine, an early form of infinite series. During the Golden Age of Islam during the 9th and 10th centuries, mathematics saw many important innovations building on Greek mathematics; the most notable achievement of Islamic mathematics was the development of algebra. Other notable achievements of the Islamic period are advances in spherical trigonometry and the addition of the decimal point to the Arabic numeral system. Many notable mathematicians from this period were Persian, such as Al-Khwarismi, Omar Khayyam and Sharaf al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī. During the early modern period, mathematics began to develop at an accelerating pace in Western Europe.
The development of calculus by Newton and Leibniz in the 17th century revolutionized mathematics. Leonhard Euler was the most notable mathematician of the 18th century, contributing numerous theorems and discoveries; the foremost mathematician of the 19th century was the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, who made numerous contributions to fields such as algebra, differential geometry, matrix theory, number theory, statistics. In the early 20th century, Kurt Gödel transformed mathematics by publishing his incompleteness theorems, which show that any axiomatic system, consistent will contain unprovable propositions. Mathematics has since been extended, there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science, to
In mathematics, the Ramanujan–Soldner constant is a mathematical constant defined as the unique positive zero of the logarithmic integral function. It is named after Johann Georg von Soldner, its value is μ ≈ 1.45136923488338105028396848589202744949303228… Since the logarithmic integral is defined by l i = ∫ 0 x d t ln t, we have l i = l i − l i ∫ 0 x d t ln t = ∫ 0 x d t ln t − ∫ 0 μ d t ln t l i = ∫ μ x d t ln t, thus easing calculation for positive integers. Since the exponential integral function satisfies the equation l i = E i, the only positive zero of the exponential integral occurs at the natural logarithm of the Ramanujan–Soldner constant, whose value is ln ≈ 0.372507410781366634461991866… Weisstein, Eric W. "Soldner's Constant". MathWorld
Abramowitz and Stegun
Abramowitz and Stegun is the informal name of a mathematical reference work edited by Milton Abramowitz and Irene Stegun of the United States National Bureau of Standards, now the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Its full title is Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas and Mathematical Tables. A digital successor to the Handbook was released as the "Digital Library of Mathematical Functions" on May 11, 2010, along with a printed version, the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, published by Cambridge University Press. Since it was first published in 1964, the 1046 page Handbook has been one of the most comprehensive sources of information on special functions, containing definitions, approximations and tables of values of numerous functions used in all fields of applied mathematics; the notation used in the Handbook is the de facto standard for much of applied mathematics today. At the time of its publication, the Handbook was an essential resource for practitioners.
Nowadays, computer algebra systems have replaced the function tables, but the Handbook remains an important reference source. The foreword discusses a meeting in 1954 in which it was agreed that "the advent of high-speed computing equipment changed the task of table making but did not remove the need for tables". More than 1,000 pages long, the Handbook of Mathematical Functions was first published in 1964 and reprinted many times, with yet another reprint in 1999, its influence on science and engineering is evidenced by its popularity. In fact, when New Scientist magazine asked some of the world’s leading scientists what single book they would want if stranded on a desert island, one distinguished British physicist said he would take the Handbook; the Handbook is the most distributed and most cited NIST technical publication of all time. Government sales exceed 150,000 copies, an estimated three times as many have been reprinted and sold by commercial publishers since 1965. During the mid-1990s, the book was cited every 1.5 hours of each working day.
And its influence will persist as it is being updated in digital format by NIST. Because the Handbook is the work of U. S. federal government employees acting in their official capacity, it is not protected by copyright in the United States. While it could be ordered from the Government Printing Office, it has been reprinted by commercial publishers, most notably Dover Publications, can be viewed on and downloaded from the web. While there was only one edition of the work, it went through many print runs including a growing number of corrections. Original NBS edition: 1st printing: June 1964. 9th printing with additional corrections Michael Danos and Johann Rafelski edited the Pocketbook of Mathematical Functions, published by Verlag Harri Deutsch in 1984. The book is an abridged version of Abramowitz's and Stegun's Handbook, retaining most of the formulas, but reducing the numerical tables to a minimum, which, by this time, could be calculated with scientific pocket calculators; the references were removed as well.
Most known errata were incorporated, the physical constants updated and the now-first chapter saw some slight enlargement compared to the former second chapter. The numbering of formulas was kept for easier cross-reference. A digital successor to the Handbook, long under development at NIST, was released as the “Digital Library of Mathematical Functions” on May 11, 2010, along with a printed version, the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, published by Cambridge University Press. Mathematical Tables Project, a 1938–48 Works Progress Administration project to calculate mathematical tables, including those used in Abramowitz and Stegun's Handbook of Mathematical Functions Numerical analysis Philip J. Davis, author of the Gamma function section and other sections of the book Digital Library of Mathematical Functions, from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is intended to be a replacement for Abramowitz and Stegun's Handbook of Mathematical Functions Boole's rule, a mathematical rule of integration sometimes known as Bode's rule, due to a typo in Abramowitz and Stegun, subsequently propagated Abramowitz, Milton.
Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas and Mathematical Tables. Applied Mathematics Series. 55. Washington D. C.. ISBN 978-0-486-61272-0. LCCN 64-60036. MR 0167642. LCCN 65-12253. Boisvert, Ronald F.. "Handbook of Mathematical Functions". In Lide, David R. A Century of Excellence in Measurements Standards and Technology - A Chronicle of Selected NBS/NIST Publications 1901-2000. Washington, D. C. USA: U. S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology / CRC Press. Pp. 135–139. ISBN 978-0-8493-1247-2. CODEN NSPUE2. NIST Special Publication 958. 20402–9325. Ret
Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its motion, behavior through space and time, that studies the related entities of energy and force. Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves. Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines and, through its inclusion of astronomy the oldest. Over much of the past two millennia, chemistry and certain branches of mathematics, were a part of natural philosophy, but during the scientific revolution in the 17th century these natural sciences emerged as unique research endeavors in their own right. Physics intersects with many interdisciplinary areas of research, such as biophysics and quantum chemistry, the boundaries of physics which are not rigidly defined. New ideas in physics explain the fundamental mechanisms studied by other sciences and suggest new avenues of research in academic disciplines such as mathematics and philosophy. Advances in physics enable advances in new technologies.
For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism and nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products that have transformed modern-day society, such as television, domestic appliances, nuclear weapons. Astronomy is one of the oldest natural sciences. Early civilizations dating back to beyond 3000 BCE, such as the Sumerians, ancient Egyptians, the Indus Valley Civilization, had a predictive knowledge and a basic understanding of the motions of the Sun and stars; the stars and planets were worshipped, believed to represent gods. While the explanations for the observed positions of the stars were unscientific and lacking in evidence, these early observations laid the foundation for astronomy, as the stars were found to traverse great circles across the sky, which however did not explain the positions of the planets. According to Asger Aaboe, the origins of Western astronomy can be found in Mesopotamia, all Western efforts in the exact sciences are descended from late Babylonian astronomy.
Egyptian astronomers left monuments showing knowledge of the constellations and the motions of the celestial bodies, while Greek poet Homer wrote of various celestial objects in his Iliad and Odyssey. Natural philosophy has its origins in Greece during the Archaic period, when pre-Socratic philosophers like Thales rejected non-naturalistic explanations for natural phenomena and proclaimed that every event had a natural cause, they proposed ideas verified by reason and observation, many of their hypotheses proved successful in experiment. The Western Roman Empire fell in the fifth century, this resulted in a decline in intellectual pursuits in the western part of Europe. By contrast, the Eastern Roman Empire resisted the attacks from the barbarians, continued to advance various fields of learning, including physics. In the sixth century Isidore of Miletus created an important compilation of Archimedes' works that are copied in the Archimedes Palimpsest. In sixth century Europe John Philoponus, a Byzantine scholar, questioned Aristotle's teaching of physics and noting its flaws.
He introduced the theory of impetus. Aristotle's physics was not scrutinized until John Philoponus appeared, unlike Aristotle who based his physics on verbal argument, Philoponus relied on observation. On Aristotle's physics John Philoponus wrote: “But this is erroneous, our view may be corroborated by actual observation more than by any sort of verbal argument. For if you let fall from the same height two weights of which one is many times as heavy as the other, you will see that the ratio of the times required for the motion does not depend on the ratio of the weights, but that the difference in time is a small one, and so, if the difference in the weights is not considerable, that is, of one is, let us say, double the other, there will be no difference, or else an imperceptible difference, in time, though the difference in weight is by no means negligible, with one body weighing twice as much as the other”John Philoponus' criticism of Aristotelian principles of physics served as an inspiration for Galileo Galilei ten centuries during the Scientific Revolution.
Galileo cited Philoponus in his works when arguing that Aristotelian physics was flawed. In the 1300s Jean Buridan, a teacher in the faculty of arts at the University of Paris, developed the concept of impetus, it was a step toward the modern ideas of momentum. Islamic scholarship inherited Aristotelian physics from the Greeks and during the Islamic Golden Age developed it further placing emphasis on observation and a priori reasoning, developing early forms of the scientific method; the most notable innovations were in the field of optics and vision, which came from the works of many scientists like Ibn Sahl, Al-Kindi, Ibn al-Haytham, Al-Farisi and Avicenna. The most notable work was The Book of Optics, written by Ibn al-Haytham, in which he conclusively disproved the ancient Greek idea about vision, but came up with a new theory. In the book, he presented a study of the phenomenon of the camera obscura (his thousand-year-old
A prime number is a natural number greater than 1 that cannot be formed by multiplying two smaller natural numbers. A natural number greater than 1, not prime is called a composite number. For example, 5 is prime because the only ways of writing it as a product, 1 × 5 or 5 × 1, involve 5 itself. However, 6 is composite because it is the product of two numbers that are both smaller than 6. Primes are central in number theory because of the fundamental theorem of arithmetic: every natural number greater than 1 is either a prime itself or can be factorized as a product of primes, unique up to their order; the property of being prime is called primality. A simple but slow method of checking the primality of a given number n, called trial division, tests whether n is a multiple of any integer between 2 and n. Faster algorithms include the Miller–Rabin primality test, fast but has a small chance of error, the AKS primality test, which always produces the correct answer in polynomial time but is too slow to be practical.
Fast methods are available for numbers of special forms, such as Mersenne numbers. As of December 2018 the largest known prime number has 24,862,048 decimal digits. There are infinitely many primes, as demonstrated by Euclid around 300 BC. No known simple formula separates prime numbers from composite numbers. However, the distribution of primes within the natural numbers in the large can be statistically modelled; the first result in that direction is the prime number theorem, proven at the end of the 19th century, which says that the probability of a randomly chosen number being prime is inversely proportional to its number of digits, that is, to its logarithm. Several historical questions regarding prime numbers are still unsolved; these include Goldbach's conjecture, that every integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes, the twin prime conjecture, that there are infinitely many pairs of primes having just one number between them. Such questions spurred the development of various branches of number theory, focusing on analytic or algebraic aspects of numbers.
Primes are used in several routines in information technology, such as public-key cryptography, which relies on the difficulty of factoring large numbers into their prime factors. In abstract algebra, objects that behave in a generalized way like prime numbers include prime elements and prime ideals. A natural number is called a prime number if it is greater than 1 and cannot be written as a product of two natural numbers that are both smaller than it; the numbers greater than 1 that are not prime are called composite numbers. In other words, n is prime if n items cannot be divided up into smaller equal-size groups of more than one item, or if it is not possible to arrange n dots into a rectangular grid, more than one dot wide and more than one dot high. For example, among the numbers 1 through 6, the numbers 2, 3, 5 are the prime numbers, as there are no other numbers that divide them evenly. 1 is not prime, as it is excluded in the definition. 4 = 2 × 2 and 6 = 2 × 3 are both composite. The divisors of a natural number n are the numbers.
Every natural number has both itself as a divisor. If it has any other divisor, it cannot be prime; this idea leads to a different but equivalent definition of the primes: they are the numbers with two positive divisors, 1 and the number itself. Yet another way to express the same thing is that a number n is prime if it is greater than one and if none of the numbers 2, 3, …, n − 1 divides n evenly; the first 25 prime numbers are: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97. No number n greater than 2 is prime because any such number can be expressed as the product 2 × n / 2. Therefore, every prime number other than 2 is an odd number, is called an odd prime; when written in the usual decimal system, all prime numbers larger than 5 end in 1, 3, 7, or 9. The numbers that end with other digits are all composite: decimal numbers that end in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 are and decimal numbers that end in 0 or 5 are divisible by 5; the set of all primes is sometimes denoted by P or by P.
The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus, from around 1550 BC, has Egyptian fraction expansions of different forms for prime and composite numbers. However, the earliest surviving records of the explicit study of prime numbers come from Ancient Greek mathematics. Euclid's Elements proves the infinitude of primes and the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, shows how to construct a perfect number from a Mersenne prime. Another Greek invention, the Sieve of Eratosthenes, is still used to construct lists of primes. Around 1000 AD, the Islamic mathematician Alhazen found Wilson's theorem, characterizing the prime numbers as the numbers n that evenly divide
On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences cited as Sloane's, is an online database of integer sequences. It was maintained by Neil Sloane while a researcher at AT&T Labs. Foreseeing his retirement from AT&T Labs in 2012 and the need for an independent foundation, Sloane agreed to transfer the intellectual property and hosting of the OEIS to the OEIS Foundation in October 2009. Sloane is president of the OEIS Foundation. OEIS records information on integer sequences of interest to both professional mathematicians and amateurs, is cited; as of September 2018 it contains over 300,000 sequences. Each entry contains the leading terms of the sequence, mathematical motivations, literature links, more, including the option to generate a graph or play a musical representation of the sequence; the database is searchable by subsequence. Neil Sloane started collecting integer sequences as a graduate student in 1965 to support his work in combinatorics; the database was at first stored on punched cards.
He published selections from the database in book form twice: A Handbook of Integer Sequences, containing 2,372 sequences in lexicographic order and assigned numbers from 1 to 2372. The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences with Simon Plouffe, containing 5,488 sequences and assigned M-numbers from M0000 to M5487; the Encyclopedia includes the references to the corresponding sequences in A Handbook of Integer Sequences as N-numbers from N0001 to N2372 The Encyclopedia includes the A-numbers that are used in the OEIS, whereas the Handbook did not. These books were well received and after the second publication, mathematicians supplied Sloane with a steady flow of new sequences; the collection became unmanageable in book form, when the database had reached 16,000 entries Sloane decided to go online—first as an e-mail service, soon after as a web site. As a spin-off from the database work, Sloane founded the Journal of Integer Sequences in 1998; the database continues to grow at a rate of some 10,000 entries a year.
Sloane has managed'his' sequences for 40 years, but starting in 2002, a board of associate editors and volunteers has helped maintain the database. In 2004, Sloane celebrated the addition of the 100,000th sequence to the database, A100000, which counts the marks on the Ishango bone. In 2006, the user interface was overhauled and more advanced search capabilities were added. In 2010 an OEIS wiki at OEIS.org was created to simplify the collaboration of the OEIS editors and contributors. The 200,000th sequence, A200000, was added to the database in November 2011. Besides integer sequences, the OEIS catalogs sequences of fractions, the digits of transcendental numbers, complex numbers and so on by transforming them into integer sequences. Sequences of rationals are represented by two sequences: the sequence of numerators and the sequence of denominators. For example, the fifth-order Farey sequence, 1 5, 1 4, 1 3, 2 5, 1 2, 3 5, 2 3, 3 4, 4 5, is catalogued as the numerator sequence 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 2, 3, 4 and the denominator sequence 5, 4, 3, 5, 2, 5, 3, 4, 5.
Important irrational numbers such as π = 3.1415926535897... are catalogued under representative integer sequences such as decimal expansions, binary expansions, or continued fraction expansions. The OEIS was limited to plain ASCII text until 2011, it still uses a linear form of conventional mathematical notation. Greek letters are represented by their full names, e.g. mu for μ, phi for φ. Every sequence is identified by the letter A followed by six digits always referred to with leading zeros, e.g. A000315 rather than A315. Individual terms of sequences are separated by commas. Digit groups are not separated by periods, or spaces. In comments, etc. A represents the nth term of the sequence. Zero is used to represent non-existent sequence elements. For example, A104157 enumerates the "smallest prime of n² consecutive primes to form an n×n magic square of least magic constant, or 0 if no such magic square exists." The value of a is 2. But there is no such 2×2 magic square, so a is 0; this special usage has a solid mathematical basis in certain counting functions.
For example, the totient valence function. There are 4 solutions for 4, but no solutions for 14, hence a of A014197 is 0—there are no solutions. −1 is used for this purpose instead, as in A094076. The OEIS ma
Number theory is a branch of pure mathematics devoted to the study of the integers. German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss said, "Mathematics is the queen of the sciences—and number theory is the queen of mathematics." Number theorists study prime numbers as well as the properties of objects made out of integers or defined as generalizations of the integers. Integers can be considered either as solutions to equations. Questions in number theory are best understood through the study of analytical objects that encode properties of the integers, primes or other number-theoretic objects in some fashion. One may study real numbers in relation to rational numbers, for example, as approximated by the latter; the older term for number theory is arithmetic. By the early twentieth century, it had been superseded by "number theory"; the use of the term arithmetic for number theory regained some ground in the second half of the 20th century, arguably in part due to French influence. In particular, arithmetical is preferred as an adjective to number-theoretic.
The first historical find of an arithmetical nature is a fragment of a table: the broken clay tablet Plimpton 322 contains a list of "Pythagorean triples", that is, integers such that a 2 + b 2 = c 2. The triples are too large to have been obtained by brute force; the heading over the first column reads: "The takiltum of the diagonal, subtracted such that the width..." The table's layout suggests that it was constructed by means of what amounts, in modern language, to the identity 2 + 1 = 2, implicit in routine Old Babylonian exercises. If some other method was used, the triples were first constructed and reordered by c / a for actual use as a "table", for example, with a view to applications, it is not known whether there could have been any. It has been suggested instead. While Babylonian number theory—or what survives of Babylonian mathematics that can be called thus—consists of this single, striking fragment, Babylonian algebra was exceptionally well developed. Late Neoplatonic sources state.
Much earlier sources state that Pythagoras traveled and studied in Egypt. Euclid IX 21–34 is probably Pythagorean. Pythagorean mystics gave great importance to the even; the discovery that 2 is irrational is credited to the early Pythagoreans. By revealing that numbers could be irrational, this discovery seems to have provoked the first foundational crisis in mathematical history; this forced a distinction between numbers, on the one hand, lengths and proportions, on the other hand. The Pythagorean tradition spoke of so-called polygonal or figurate numbers. While square numbers, cubic numbers, etc. are seen now as more natural than triangular numbers, pentagonal numbers, etc. the study of the sums of triangular and pentagonal numbers would prove fruitful in the early modern period. We know of no arithmetical material in ancient Egyptian or Vedic sources, though there is some algebra in both; the Chinese remainder theorem appears as an exercise in Sunzi Suanjing There is some numerical mysticism in Chinese mathematics, unlike that of the Pythagoreans, it seems to have led nowhere.
Like the Pythagoreans' perfect numbers, magic squares have passed from superstition into recreation. Aside from a few fragments, the mathematics of Classical Greece is known to us either through the reports of contemporary non-m