**Abramowitz and Stegun** is the informal moniker of a mathematical reference work edited by Milton Abramowitz and Irene Stegun of the U.S. National Bureau of Standards. Its full title is *Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables*. Since it was first published in 1964, the 1000+ page *Handbook* has been one of the most comprehensive sources of information on special functions, containing definitions, identities, approximations, plots, and tables of values of numerous functions used in virtually all fields of applied mathematics. 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 systems have replaced the 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".) Because the *Handbook* is the product of US Government employees acting in official capacity, it is not protected by copyright. While it can be ordered from the Government Printing Office, it has also been reprinted by commerical publishers, most notably Dover Publications (ISBN 0486612724), and can be legally viewed and downloaded off the web (see below for URLs). BibTeX entry: @Book{abramowitz+stegun, author = "Milton Abramowitz and Irene A. Stegun", title = "Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables", publisher = "Dover", year = 1964, address = "New York", edition = "ninth Dover printing, tenth GPO printing", isbn = "0-486-61272-4" } ## External links
- How to order the book from GPO (
*http://dlmf.nist.gov/about/book_info.php*). - The book in scanned format, hosted at Simon Fraser University (
*http://www.math.sfu.ca/~cbm/aands/*), ProHosting (*http://jove.prohosting.com/~skripty/*), ConvertIt (*http://www.convertit.com/Go/ConvertIt/Reference/AMS55.ASP?Res=200&Page=0*). - Annotations by Linas Vepstas (
*http://linas.org/art-gallery/abramowitz/html/AS-annotions.html*). |