School Seminars and Colloquia

Meetings with Computer Algebra and Special Functions


by Jon Borwein

Institution: University of Newcastle
Date: Tue 15th May 2012
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Richard Berry Building - Russell Love Theatre

Abstract: It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act
of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have
clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to
go into darkness again; (Carl Friedrich Gauss, 1777-1855).

I intend to display roughly a dozen examples where computational
experimentation, computer algebra and special function theory have lead
to pleasing or surprising results. In the style of Ramanujan, very few
proofs are given but may be found in the references.

Much of this work requires extensive symbolic and numeric computations.
It makes frequent use of the new NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions
and related tools such as gfun. My intention is to show off the interplay
between numeric and symbolic computing while exploring the various
topics in my title.

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