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Elementary and special mathematical functions play a significant role in mathematics, the natural sciences, engineering and other fields. These functions were an important aspect of Mathematica when it was originally designed, and they continue to be significant as Mathematica evolves. Among all existing software programs, Mathematica has the most complete numeric and symbolic implementation of mathematical functions. At the same time, the world of special mathematical functions is far too complex to be completely represented in a single computer program.

Literature on special functions has been available for some time. However, the vast majority of special function literature predates the computer mathematics age, thus having its limitations. The Mathematical Functions Site was developed to address these limitations and to provide the scientific community with a valuable resource.

The site was designed to be similar in nature to existing handbooks that detail special mathematical functions, but there are a number of differences between the Mathematical Functions Site and these handbooks.

  • The site is designed to be easy, straightforward, efficient and also expandable as more material becomes available. No prior knowledge of Mathematica is required to take advantage of the material on the site.
  • Contributions from researchers are welcome to help expand the scope of the site.
  • The site is based on Mathematica notebook technology that enables the automatic generation of different presentation media. Current formats include HTML, PDF and Mathematica notebooks.