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A Special Functions Handbook for the Digital Age



Ronald F. Boisvert, Charles W. Clark, Daniel W. Lozier, Frank W. Olver


The NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF) is a reference work providing information on the properties of the special functions of applied mathematics. It is a successor to the highly successful NBS Handbook of Mathematical Functions (Abramowitz and Stegun, eds., 1964). The DLMF is distributed as both a freely available online resource and as a traditional printed handbook. Here we describe the project's origin and how it was carried out. We also contrast the DLMF's technical content with that of Abramowitz & Stegun, and describe some of its innovative online features.
Notices of the American Mathematical Society


special functions, applied mathematics, mathematical physics, digital libraries, mathematical knowledge management


Boisvert, R. , Clark, C. , Lozier, D. and Olver, F. (2011), A Special Functions Handbook for the Digital Age, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, [online], (Accessed June 14, 2024)


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Created August 1, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017