# Possible to evaluate the gamma function analytically?

1. Nov 22, 2003

Does anybody know if it's possible to evaluate the gamma function analytically? I know it becomes a factorial for integers, and there's a trick involving a switch to polar coordinates for half values, but what about any other number? I have tried using a Taylor expansion and residue integration, but neither seems to work. Just curious if it's possible.

2. Nov 23, 2003

### PrudensOptimus

Yes, let me PM this to Ed Witten.

3. Nov 23, 2003

### mathman

There are several representations. The best known is in terms of an integral
$$\Gamma (z) = \int_{0}^\infty t^{z-1} e^{-t} dt$$

4. Nov 23, 2003