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==Overview==
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/S0025571865999564 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 authorfirst1=Boisvert authorlast1=Ronald F. authorfirst2=Charles W. authorlast2=Clark authorfirst3=Daniel W. authorlast3=Lozier authorfirst4=Frank William John authorlast4=Olver authorlink4=Frank Olver title=A Special Functions Handbook for the Digital Age journal=[[Notices of the American Mathematical Society]]
At the time of its publication, the ''Handbook'' was an essential resource for practitioners. Nowadays, [[computer algebra system]]s have replaced the [[mathematical tablefunction 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 highspeed computing equipment changed the task of table making but definitely did not remove the need for tables".
The ninth reprint edition by Dover Publications incorporates additional corrections on pages 18, 79, 80, 82, 408, 450, 786, 825 and 934.
As a sidenote, the Dover paperback edition (SBN 468612724) cover names the second editor "Irene A. Segun" instead of Stegun. This error is sometimes used to illustrate the human trait of looking in every place except the most obvious one.
Unresolved errata:<ref name="MTE_373"/><ref name="MTE_393"/><! pages 256, 329. ><ref name="MTE_444">{{cite journal doi=10.1090/S0025571869996409 title=Table Errata journal=Mathematics of Computation volume=23 issue=108 pages=891–2 year=1969 }}</ref><ref name="MTE_638">{{cite journal doi=10.1090/S0025571897008235 title=Analysis of an algorithm for generating locally optimal meshes for L2 approximation by discontinuous piecewise polynomials journal=Mathematics of Computation volume=66 issue=218 pages=623–50 year=1997 last1=Tourigny first1=Y last2=Baines first2=M. J }}</ref>
[[Michael Danos]] and [[Johann Rafelski]] edited the “''Pocketbook of Mathematical Functions''”, published by [[Verlag Harri Deutsch]] in 1984.<ref name="Danos_1984">{{cite book title=Pocketbook of Mathematical Functions editorfirst1=Michael editorlast1=Danos editorfirst2=Johann editorlast2=Rafelski editorlink2=Johann Rafelski editorfirst3=Milton editorlast3=Abramowitz editorlink3=Milton Abramowitz editorfirst4=Irene Ann editorlast4=Stegun editorlink4=Irene Ann Stegun publisher=[[Verlag Harri Deutsch]] location=Thun, Frankfurt/Main date=1984 isbn=3871448184 id={{ISBN9783871448188}} url=https://books.google.com/books/about/Pocketbook_of_Mathematical_Functions.html?id=rAMbAQAAIAAJ accessdate=20160313}} (468 pages)</ref><ref name="REV_182_18">{{cite journal doi=10.1090/S0025571888998055 title=Reviews and Descriptions of Tables and Books journal=Mathematics of Computation volume=50 issue=182 pages=639–51 year=1988 }}</ref> The book is an abridged version of Abramowitz's and Stegun's Handbook, retaining most of the formulas (except for the first and the two last original chapters, which were dropped), but reducing the numerical tables to a minimum,<ref name="Danos_1984"/> which, by this time, could be easily calculated with [[scientific pocket calculator]]s.<ref name="REV_182_18"/> The references were removed as well.<ref name="REV_182_18"/> Most known errata were incorporated, the physical constants updated and the nowfirst chapter saw some slight enlargement compared to the former second chapter.<ref name="REV_182_18"/> The numbering of formulas was kept for easier crossreference.<ref name="REV_182_18"/>
A digital successor to the Handbook, long under development at NIST, was released as the “[[Digital Library of Mathematical Functions]]” (DLMF) on May 11, 2010, along with a printed version, the ''[[NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions]]'', published by [[Cambridge University Press]].<ref name="NIST_2010"
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