Thread: Gamma function
View Single Post
Old 2010-11-25, 03:42   #3
CRGreathouse's Avatar
Aug 2006

2·2,963 Posts

Originally Posted by wblipp View Post
Look up the integral definition of gamma. Something like this is necessary because Gamma is defined for reals (except negative integers). Your proposal would destroy the elegance of this definition. Your perception of elegance comes from only knowing the factorial correspondence. The gamma function has many other uses, and deserves elegance within its own domain.
Although to be fair, the mathematical community wrestled with this question of convention for a long time.
CRGreathouse is online now   Reply With Quote