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What used to be be called "Euler's Constant" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eulers_constant) is now frequently called the "Euler-Mascheroni Constant".

I have tried to find out what contribution Mascheroni made that merited his name being added to Euler's. All I have been able to turn up is that Mascheroni calculated $\gamma$ to a few more decimal places than Euler but the calculation had errors.

I assume Mascheroni did more than this for many authors to use "Euler-Mascheroni" for the name of $\gamma$ ? Any information on what his contribution was would be appreciated.

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Does the third paragraph of www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Mascheroni.html answer your question? –  lhf Apr 25 at 2:47
    
I looked at that reference before posting my question. In my opinion it does not answer my question. –  gjh Apr 25 at 2:54
    
I guess you'll have to read the source and make your mind about Mascheroni's contribution and the claim that "Mascheroni's work shows a deep understanding of Euler's calculus". See archive.org/details/adnotationesadc00mascgoog –  lhf Apr 25 at 3:00
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Lagarias says: At that time constants were often named after a person who had done the labor of computing them to the most digits.....In the current era, which credits the mathematical contributions, it seems most appropriate to name the constant after Euler alone. –  Will Jagy Apr 25 at 3:06
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I use "Euler-Mascheroni constant" because "Euler's constant" is slightly ambiguous to me - IIRC some people use this to mean $e$. –  Qiaochu Yuan Apr 25 at 15:57

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