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Taylor series, in mathematics, expression of a function f—for which the derivatives of all orders exist—at a point a in the domain of f in the form of the power series Σ^{ ∞}_{n = 0} f ^{(n)} (a) (z − a)^{n}/n! in which Σ denotes the addition of each element in the series as n ranges from zero (0) to infinity (∞), f ^{(n)} denotes the nth derivative of f, and n! is the standard factorial function. The series is named for the English mathematician Brook Taylor. If a = 0 the series is called a Maclaurin series, after the Scottish mathematician Colin Maclaurin.
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