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{{Quotation|More than 1,000 pages long, the ''Handbook of Mathematical Functions'' was first published in 1964 and reprinted many times, with yet another reprint in 1999. Its influence on science and engineering is evidenced by its popularity. In fact, when ''[[New Scientist]]'' magazine recently asked some of the world’s leading scientists what single book they would want if stranded on a desert island, one distinguished British physicist<ref name="Berry_1997">{{cite journal |author-first=Michael |author-last=Berry |author-link=Michael Berry (physicist) |title=Christmas books: ... Or maybe two or three ... |journal=[[New Scientist]] |date=1997-11-22 |url=http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg15621095.500-christmas-books-----or-maybe-two-or-three---.html |access-date=2016-03-13}} [http://michaelberryphysics.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/berry288.pdf]</ref> said he would take the Handbook.
The ''Handbook'' is likely the most widely distributed and most cited NIST technical publication of all time. Government sales exceed 150,000 copies, and an estimated three times as many have been reprinted and sold by commercial publishers since 1965. During the mid-1990s, the book was cited every 1.5 hours of each working day. And its influence will persist as it is currently being updated in digital format by NIST.|[[NIST]]<ref name="NIST_2001">{{cite web |title=NIST at 100: Foundations for Progress, 1964: Mathematics Handbook Becomes Best Seller |date=2001 |url=httphttps://www.nist.gov/centennial/ph_spaceage.cfm#1964 |access-date=2016-03-13 |dead-url=no |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160313160527/httphttps://www.nist.gov/centennial/ph_spaceage.cfm#1964 |archive-date=2016-03-13}}</ref>}}
 
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