SFU Workshop on

Special Functions in the Digital Age 

January 23-24, 2003


The Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences are pleased to cosponsor an informal workshop on  Special Functions in the Digital Age. (Poster in PDF)


Thursday  23, 9.30-12.30  in CECM/CoLab (P8493)


A small group discussion in CoLab identifying issues of common interest for  the participants to profitably work on together ,and with others, will be followed by a mini conference with hour long talks:


Thursday 23, 2.00-5.00  in CECM/CoLab (P8493)


2.00-4.00            Elementary Functions in an Automatic Symbolic Context:


Part I: Inverse functions and the unwinding number (David Jeffrey, UWO) Talk in PDF.

Part II: Closure, continuity and correctness (Rob Corless, UWO)


4.00-5.00            Special Functions & Maple (Edgardo Cheb-Terrab, UERJ Brazil, CECM and Maple) Maple worksheet.


6.00     Self hosting workshop dinner


Friday 24, 9.30-12.30 in CECM/CoLab (P8493)


9.30-.10.30            The Multiple Gamma Function: Theory, Computation and Applications (Victor Adamchik, Carnegie-Mellon)

Talk in PDF.

10.30-11.30            Digital Library of Special Functions (DLMF) Technical Issues (Dan Lozier, NIST)


11.30-.12.30            Experiments in Mathematics (Jon Borwein, CECM) Talk in PDF.


Friday 24,  2.30-3.30 in K9509, Shrum Science Centre


Dan Lozier will give a general presentation on the Digital Library of Special Functions Project entitled 

Toward a New (and New-Age) Abramowitz and Stegun. "Talk in PPT."


Abstract. Abramowitz and Stegun's Handbook of Mathematical Functions (with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables) was first published by the National Bureau of Standards in 1964. It remains a technical best-seller and is among the most widely cited of all math reference compendia. But the Handbook is increasingly out-of-date. A project is underway at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (the heir to NBS) to develop a replacement which will become a major resource of math reference data for special functions and their applications. (http://dlmf.nist.gov/).


Refreshments will be served.


Contact : jborwein@cecm.sfu.ca  or   jen@cecm.sfu (To Register)