Stirling's formula

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Definition of Stirling's formula

: a formula {latex}\sqrt{2\pi{n}} (\frac{n}{e})^n{/latex} that approximates the value of the factorial of a very large number n

First Known Use of Stirling's formula

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Stirling's formula

James Stirling †1770 Scottish mathematician

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The first known use of Stirling's formula was in 1908

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“Stirling's formula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Stirling%27s%20formula. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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