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CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae, 30th Edition

  1. May 21, 2005 #1
    CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae (30th Edition)
    by Daniel Zwillinger

    Does anyone have any recommendations for this text?

    Thank you. :smile:
     
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  3. May 21, 2005 #2

    dextercioby

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    Yes.Mighty good.I got the 31-st edition :tongue:

    It's really worth it.I mean,it's in the same league with Morse & Feshbach and Gradshteyn & Rytzhik.

    Daniel.
     
  4. May 22, 2005 #3
    Yes recommend. Very useful.
     
  5. May 22, 2005 #4
    Thanks for the recommendations. Some follow-up questions:

    1) Is a good knowledge of calculus required to get the most out of this book, and if so, how much of it can be understood without calculus?

    2) Which is better overall, edition 30 or 31?
     
  6. May 22, 2005 #5

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    I dunno for the second question...Usually the latest edition has the advantage that some errors (if they were) in the previous edition would have been corrected.

    Nope,it's more than a reference with a great deal of numerical tables.But knowledge of calculus didn't hurt nobody ...:wink:

    Daniel.
     
  7. May 22, 2005 #6
    Sounds great! I am going to buy it. :approve:

    Thanks. :smile:
     
  8. May 24, 2005 #7
    About half of it requires knowledge of calculus.
     
  9. May 24, 2005 #8

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    First of all this would not be what I consider a "text book". It is a reference book, it contains a wealth of information but assumes a lot. A good portion of the book is devoted to the integral and differential tables, without knowledge of Calculus these are pretty much useless. But there is a lot useful information outside of those sections. HOWEVER, as I stated above, this is NOT a text, there is often little or no explaniation of the meaning of a table or formula, you are supposed to know. So if you do not have some level of knowledge of this is not a book to learn from. It is a great place to go if you need a quick referance, I use mine frequently.
     
  10. May 24, 2005 #9

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    What integral said. Everybody who's in and around science needs to have a copy of some edition, but I don't think it's urgent to have the latest edition.
     
  11. May 24, 2005 #10

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    BTW, Mine is a 27th edition. I have had it for nearly 20yrs. somewhere in the 70's there was a major change in the content of the Math Tables. Prior to calculators the main content, along with the differential and integral tables where tables of logs and the trig functions. These actually made up a significant portion of the book, since those tables have become unnecessary they have added more material to other sections. If you have 2 different editions available you may want to compare the table of contents to see if they have different sections. Choose the one which most meets your needs. I doubt that there will be much difference.
     
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