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Abstract

In many areas of mathematics the use of the O- and o-symbols of Landau is a great convenience. These give some quantitative meaning to the phrases “of the same order (of magnitude) as”, “of smaller order than”. Calculations using these symbols correctly are useful preliminaries to numerical work but, we shall see, can be misleading if not interpreted properly.

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Todd
    • 1
  1. 1.California Institute of TechnologyUSA

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