Stirling's formula


Stirling's formula
/sterr"lingz/, Math.
a relation that approximates the value of n factorial (n!), expressed as (n/e)n(2.pi.n)1/2.
[1925-30; after James Stirling (d. 1770), Scottish mathematician]

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