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VISUALLY IMPAIRED TRANSCRIPT for Math Handbook Video

VISUAL:  Fade up from black to a row of books on a library shelf.  Hand enters scene and touches each of the classic novels as they are mentioned. Hand stops on the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions as it is mentioned.
           
Narrator:  WHEN IT COMES TO BOOKS … THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A CLASSIC.

TREASURE ISLAND

WAR AND PEACE …

HUCKLEBERRY FINN …

THE HANDBOOK OF MATHEMATICAL FUNCTIONS.

YES … YOU HEARD RIGHT! 

VISUAL:  Hand removes NIST Handbook from the shelf. Cut to table top as hand opens NIST Handbook and flips pages.

Narrator:  THE HANDBOOK OF MATHEMATICAL FUNCTIONS HAS BEEN A CLASSIC RESOURCE FOR SCHOLARS, SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS …

VISUAL:  The sign at the entrance of NIST.

Narrator:  EVER SINCE IT WAS FIRST PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY IN 1964.

VISUAL:  Graphic showing the increasing number of citations since 1964 for the NIST Handbook.

Narrator:  IN FACT … THE HANDBOOK IS THE MOST WIDELY DISTRIBUTED AND MOST CITED NIST TECHNICAL PUBLICATION OF ALL TIME.

VISUAL:  Daniel Lozier on camera. Text on screen reads:  “Daniel W. Lozier, General editor, Handbook/Digital Library of Mathematical Functions”

Daniel Lozier:  “The handbook will be used by anyone doing projects in mathematics, science or engineering … if they need to have ready access to all of the essential properties of the mathematical functions that are being used. That’s what the Handbook is for … it’s to help with all of these tasks.”

VISUAL:   Old NIST Handbook is seen on tabletop in black and white.  Scene dissolves to pages of the new, colorful NIST Handbook.  Cut to scene showing person using I-Pad to access the Digital Library.
            
Narrator:  SO, HOW DOES ONE IMPROVE ON A CLASSIC? UPDATE THE CONTENT … PRINT A NEW VOLUME … AND CREATE A COMPLEMENTARY VERSION THAT BRINGS IT INTO THE DIGITAL AGE.
VISUAL:  Daniel Lozier on camera.

Daniel Lozier:  “The revision was necessary because of the tremendous advances in mathematics and applications of mathematics that have taken place since the original since the original handbook was published more than 40 years ago.”

VISUAL:  Two men in front of a computer screen looking at images from the Digital Library.

Daniel Lozier: “We also wanted to take advantage of the new tools and capabilities that are available with the Internet so we could bring new electronic capabilities to the user.”

VISUAL:  Closeup of man looking at Digital Library on computer screen. The words “NIST Digital Handbook of Mathematical Functions” is seen at the top of the screen.

Narrator:  THE NEW ONLINE VERSION OF THE HANDBOOK – KNOWN AS THE DIGITAL LIBRARY OF MATHEMATCAL FUNCTIONS – HAS ONE VERY NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE FROM ITS PRINTED COMPANION.

VISUAL:  Daniel Lozier on camera.

Daniel Lozier:“Well, the old Handbook presented mathematics …”

VISUAL:  Closeup of page from old NIST Handbook showing math functions in black and white.  Cut to closeup of computer screen as color graphics pop in and out. Last graphic is rotated about its axis.

Daniel Lozier:   “ … in a two-dimensional, black-and-white sort of a way. With the new technologies that are available using the Internet, we can provide three-dimensional graphics, in color, that are rotatable and zoomable by the user.”

VISUAL:  Close up of computer screen showing Kelvin wave pattern graphic from the Digital Library.

Narrator:  FOR EXAMPLE … SOME OF THE INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS SHOW THE FUNCTIONS THAT DESCRIBE A KELVIN WAVE PATTERN …

VISUAL:  Dissolve to video of wake behind moving boat showing that it is the same as Kelvin wave pattern.  Cut to “blueprint” schematic drawing of a boat rotating.

Narrator:  THIS IS THE SAME PATTERN SEEN IN THE WAKE OF A MOVING SHIP … AND ONE THAT CAN PROVIDE MUCH USEFUL INFORMATION FOR DESIGNING FASTER AND SMOOTHER SAILING VESSELS.

VISUAL:  Closeup of computer screen as data boxes and full pages of data are called up with the click of a mouse.

Narrator:  ANOTHER HELPFUL FEATURE OF THE DIGITAL LIBRARY IS THAT IT ONLY TAKES A SINGLE MOUSE CLICK TO REACH ALL OF THE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY FUNCTION.

VISUAL:  Looking over the shoulder of man working with Digital Library pages on I-Pad. Cut to copy of new Handbook on table and then dissolve to scene of two men working with the copy.  One man points to items on a page of the Handbook and scene ends on closeup of his fingers atop the page.

Narrator: WITH THE NEW NIST INTERACTIVE DIGITAL LIBRARY AND HANDBOOK … ALL OF THE KNOWLEDGE FROM A LEGENDARY AND LONG REVERED MATHEMATICAL RESOURCE IS NOW AT ONE’S FINGERTIPS.

VISUAL:  Daniel Lozier on camera.

Daniel Lozier: “Well, it’s a much more complete package for the user. We expect that our two new products – the printed Handbook and the online Digital Library –  will find many fans among biologists, physicists, applied mathematicians and people who work in other areas of science and technology.”

VISUAL:  Dissolve to credits (five pages). Text on screens read as follows:

For more information
www.nist.gov
inquiries@nist.gov
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For more information on Digital Library of Mathematical Functions
http://dlmf.nist.gov
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Produced by
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Public Affairs Office
May 2010
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NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions is published
by Cambridge University Press
http://www.cambridge.org
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an endorsement by NIST.


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Editor: Michael Baum

Date created: May 11, 2010
Date updated: May11, 2010
Contact: inquiries@nist.gov