Noun

(*plural* Bernoulli numbers)

- (mathematics) One of a sequence of coefficients of a power series which allow one to (relatively speedily) compute the error of a partial sum of some series (with respect to the limit of that series). In particular, if is expressed as the series then the partial sum differs from the limit by an error which is precisely expressible by the series , where the sequence is the sequence of
*Bernoulli numbers*.

Origin

Named after Jacob Bernoulli (1654–1705), Swiss mathematician.