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## NIST Releases Updated Handbook of Math Functions128

An anonymous reader writes "NIST announced the publishing of the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions reference text (967 pp), also available in digital form at the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions. Access it with a MathML-enabled browser (Firefox or IE+plugin) to view equations as scalable text rather than bitmaps; the 3-D graphs can also be viewed with a VRML plugin for local rotating / zooming." The original Handbook of Mathematical Functions was published 46 years ago; the revision has been in the works for a decade.
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## NIST Releases Updated Handbook of Math Functions

• #### Ob (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday May 14, 2010 @08:48AM (#32206572) Homepage Journal

Let the number of the post be defined by a monotonically increasing function f, such that the initial value of f is zero.

• #### 42 (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday May 14, 2010 @08:51AM (#32206586) Homepage Journal

That's all you need to know about maths.

• #### 967 pages? (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday May 14, 2010 @09:09AM (#32206786) Journal
That would take forever to actually read through... I guess if you understand most of these functions you don't have to worry about a wife or girlfriend anyway...
• #### Re:VRML! (Score:2, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 14, 2010 @10:18AM (#32207624)

I wouldn't bet on it either, for the same reason modern games aren't supplied in DOOM WAD files.

• #### Re:Ob (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday May 14, 2010 @10:21AM (#32207668)

f(x) = x satisfies that condition.

Perhaps you meant monotonically decreasing nonnegative function on the nonnegative reals with f(0) = 0, or something to that effect...

As I'm sure you can tell, I'm a big hit at parties.

• #### Re:From my experience... (Score:5, Funny)

<.moc.liamg. .ta. ... erdda.yrailixua.> on Friday May 14, 2010 @12:23PM (#32209300)

It's not a textbook; it assumes you basically know the math

That applies to every math book out there.

No, there is at least one mathematics book for which the statement does not hold. I don't have a constructive proof for this my claim, though, so I can't give you an example.

• #### 967 pages of mirth (Score:1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 14, 2010 @01:06PM (#32210204)

I finally got around to reading the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions.

Turns out the Zeta function did it.

• #### Only on Slashdot (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday May 14, 2010 @01:52PM (#32211024)
I was trying to make a funny, a play on the mathematical term "singular". Instead, I got modded insightful and started a flamewar. Ain't Slashdot wonderful?

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