Tag: gamma

Could someone explain this contradiction to me?
Reading on with Julian Havil’s Gamma: Exploring Euler’s Constant and inspired by his discussion of the harmonic series, I come across this: Havil calls this a “nonlegitimate binomial expansion” and it seems to me it can be generalised: as And, indeed if we take we get: at the limit. But if we have it is […]

Was new maths really such a disaster?
On holiday now, so I fill my time – as you do – by reading books on maths. One of these is Julian Havil’s Gamma: Exploring Euler’s Constant. The book begins with a foreword by Freeman Dyson, in which he discusses the general failure, as he sees it (and I’d be inclined to agree), of […]