The incomplete gamma functions since Tricomi.

*(English)* Zbl 0965.33001
Tricomi’s ideas and contemporary applied mathematics. Proceedings of the international conference held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Francesco G. Tricomi, Rome, Italy, November 28-29 and Turin, Italy, December 1-2, 1997. Rome: Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Atti Convegni Lincei. 147, 203-237 (1998).

This is a very thorough and enjoyable survey on the incomplete gamma functions and their Tricomi-variants

${\gamma}^{*}(a,x)={x}^{-a}{\int}_{0}^{x}{e}^{-t}{t}^{a-1}dt/{\Gamma}\left(a\right)$ and

${\gamma}_{1}(a,x)={\Gamma}\left(a\right){x}^{a}{\gamma}^{*}(a,-x)\xb7$ There are 160 references and the author even corrects errors in a few. In addition to what the title promiseses, the paper starts with a brief account of the history of the subject before 1950, followed by an affectionate but not uncritical description of Tricomi’s contributions. The main body (two thirds) of the paper deals with approximation, asymptotics, Stokes’s phenomenon, zeros, inverse functions, inequalities, monotonicity, numerical methods, generalizations, and links to other special functions after Tricomi.

##### MSC:

33-02 | Research monographs (special functions) |

33B20 | Incomplete beta and gamma functions |

33-03 | Historical (special functions) |

33C15 | Confluent hypergeometric functions, Whittaker functions, ${}_{1}{F}_{1}$ |

33C45 | Orthogonal polynomials and functions of hypergeometric type |

33F05 | Numerical approximation and evaluation of special functions |

41A30 | Approximation by other special function classes |

41A58 | Series expansions (e.g. Taylor, Lidstone series, but not Fourier series) |

26A48 | Monotonic functions, generalizations (one real variable) |

26D07 | Inequalities involving other types of real functions |