CYBEREYE

J.K. Rowling, eat your heart out: NIST updates a bestseller

'The Handbook of Mathematical Functions' is updated and digital – yes!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is known for producing some gripping prose. Who can forget the riveting Guide for Assessing the Security Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations”? But the agency has rarely produced anything as popular as its "Handbook of Mathematical Functions," a million-seller that ranks as the agency’s most widely cited publication of all time.

After a decade of preparation, NIST has released the updated handbook, accompanied by its companion online version, the "Digital Library of Mathematical Functions."

The handbook made its first appearance in 1964, the year the Beatles came to America. It remains the most widely distributed NIST publication and still receives more than 1,600 citations a year in research literature. DLMF is intended to be the definitive reference work on special functions of applied mathematics. The handbook received seed funding from the National Science Foundation and was compiled and edited at NIST from the contributions of more than 50 subject-area experts.

The DLMF is available at dlmf.nist.gov. Its 967-page printed companion, the NIST "Handbook of Mathematical Functions," is published by Cambridge University Press, available for $99.

About the Author

William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

Featured

  • Veterans Affairs
    Blue Signage and logo of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    VA health record go-live pushed back to July

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is delaying a planned initial deployment of its $16 billion electronic health record project by four months, but is promising added functionality at the go-live date.

  • Workforce
    The Pentagon (Photo by Ivan Cholakov / Shutterstock)

    Esper says he didn't seek the authority to gut DOD unions

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper told lawmakers he was waiting for a staff analysis of a recent presidential memo before deciding whether to leverage new authority.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.