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Table of definite and infinite integrals. (English) Zbl 0556.44003
Physical Sciences Data, 13. Amsterdam - Oxford - New York: Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company. X, 457 p. $ 106.50; Dfl. 250.00 (1983).
This table is a collection of integrals of elementary and special functions and it can be viewed as a useful addition to the well-known existing tables. The integrals presented here were compiled over many years from numerous scientific and technical journals and books or were obtained by the author himself. The result is a remarkable collection. There are slightly altered versions of well-known integrals. An example is on p.20, no. 24, which is obtained just by using the property \(K_{\nu}(a) = K_{-\nu}(a)\) for the Bessel function. (A further change \(\nu \to \nu +1\) yields an error in no.25). An eye-catcher is no. 1 on p.48, which says that \(\int^{\infty}_{0}\tan (x+ia) dx=i\pi\) (Re \(a>0)\), but the integral makes no sense to me.
Another one is no.22 on p.104, saying that \(\int^{\infty}_{0}x^{n-} \ln x \sec h x dx=0,\) with no restrictions on n (but I suppose \(n=0,1,2,...)\). Is this correct? Of course it is not fair to consider just examples where the book is wrong. A random choice of, say, 100 items and check these ones would be a better treatment. However, although some of the results are easily verified, the bulk of the book is not, and verification of these 100 items would be very time-consuming. In the same manner, the book may be very useful for mathematicians, engineers and scientists, since it may save them lots of hours when they find the integrals they use in closed form. In any book of special functions errors will occur. I agree with Askey when he said that a formula in any such book may be a good start and always should be verified.
The presentation is clear and the table is well organized.
Reviewer: N.M.Temme

MSC:
44A20 Integral transforms of special functions
00A22 Formularies
44-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to integral transforms
33-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to special functions
33-XX Special functions
26A09 Elementary functions
26A42 Integrals of Riemann, Stieltjes and Lebesgue type
65A05 Tables in numerical analysis