Generalized Gaussian Error Calculus

Springer Science & Business Media
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This book addresses a rigorous, complete and self-consistent revision of the Gaussian error calculus. It integrates mathematics and its applications to physical measurements, and serves as a text for graduate students and a reference for researchers.
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1967 Graduation in Physics at the Technical University of Stuttgart

1970 Doctorate at the Technical University of Braunschweig

1970 – 1975 Scientific assistant and lecturer at the Technical University of Braunschweig

1975 – 2004 Member of Staff at the Physikalische Technischer Bundesanstalt Braunschweig, commissioned to legal metrology, computerized interferometric measurment of length, measurement uncertainties and the adjustment of physical constants

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Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Feb 4, 2010
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Pages
301
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ISBN
9783642033056
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English
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Language Arts & Disciplines / Library & Information Science / General
Science / Physics / General
Science / Physics / Mathematical & Computational
Science / System Theory
Technology & Engineering / Engineering (General)
Technology & Engineering / General
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