Special Functions for Applied Scientists

  • A. M. Mathai
  • Hans J. Haubold

About this book


Special Functions for Applied Scientists provides the required mathematical tools for researchers active in the physical sciences. The book presents a full suit of elementary functions for scholars at the PhD level and covers a wide-array of topics and begins by introducing elementary classical special functions. From there, differential equations and some applications into statistical distribution theory are examined.

The fractional calculus chapter covers fractional integrals and fractional derivatives as well as their applications to reaction-diffusion problems in physics, input-output analysis, Mittag-Leffler stochastic processes and related topics. The authors then cover q-hypergeometric functions, Ramanujan's work and Lie groups.

The latter half of this volume presents applications into stochastic processes, random variables, Mittag-Leffler processes, density estimation, order statistics, and problems in astrophysics.

Professor Dr. A.M. Mathai is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University, Canada.

Professor Dr. Hans J. Haubold is an astrophysicist and chief scientist at the Office of Outer Space Affairs of the United Nations.


Derivative Hypergeometric function Groups applications of special functions astrophysics calculus differential equation fractional calculus generalized hypergeometric functions order statistics special functions stochastic processes time series analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • A. M. Mathai
    • 1
  • Hans J. Haubold
    • 2
  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Office for Outer Space AffairsAustria

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