What Might "Understand a Function" Mean?

  title={What Might "Understand a Function" Mean?},
  author={James H. Davenport},
Many functions in classical mathematics are largely defined in terms of their derivatives, so Bessel’s function is “the” solution of Bessel’s equation, etc. For definiteness, we need to add other properties, such as initial values, branch cuts, etc. What actually makes up “the definition” of a function in computer algebra? The answer turns out to be a combination of arithmetic and analytic properties. 
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