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Since it was first published in 1964, the 1046 page ''Handbook'' has been one of the most comprehensive sources of information on [[special function]]s, containing definitions, identities, approximations, plots, and tables of values of numerous functions used in virtually all fields of [[applied mathematics]].<ref name="REV_89_1">{{cite journal |doi=10.1090/S0025-5718-65-99956-4 |title=Reviews and Descriptions of Tables and Books |journal=Mathematics of Computation |volume=19 |issue=89 |pages=147–9 |year=1965 }}</ref><ref name="Boisvert_2011">{{cite journal |author-first1=Boisvert |author-last1=Ronald F. |author-first2=Charles W. |author-last2=Clark |author-first3=Daniel W. |author-last3=Lozier |author-first4=Frank William John |author-last4=Olver |author-link4=Frank Olver |title=A Special Functions Handbook for the Digital Age |journal=[[Notices of the American Mathematical Society]] (NAMS) |volume=58 |issue=7 |date=2011 |pages=905–911 |url=http://www.ams.org/notices/201107/rtx110700905p.pdf |access-date=2016-03-13}}</ref> The notation used in the ''Handbook'' is the ''[[de facto]]'' standard for much of applied mathematics today.
 
At the time of its publication, the ''Handbook'' was an essential resource for practitioners. Nowadays, [[computer algebra system]]s have replaced the [[mathematical table|function tables]], but the ''Handbook'' remains an important reference source. The foreword discusses a meeting in 1954 in which it was agreed that "the advent of high-speed computing equipment changed the task of table making but definitely did not remove the need for tables".{{fact|date=July 2018}}
 
{{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=https://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.