## NIST Publishes Preview of Math Reference 27

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*"Abramowitz & Stegun has been one of the most authoritative references for special functions and engineering mathematics since the 1960s, when it was published by the US Bureau of Standards (now NIST). NIST has been working on an freely-available online updated version to this legendary reference for years. A preview of the digital library of mathematical functions (which uses MathML and requires some of its fonts) is now available from NIST's website."*
## Yeesh. (Score:5, Informative)

leasta year and a half, and perhaps much longer than that. I can't remember exactly when it was put up; I visited it almost immediately after it appeared, but was quickly disenchanted with the supplied content and ended up using the original A&S for my grad school work.## Re:Yeesh. (Score:5, Informative)

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Handbook of Mathematical Functions, often referred to as "the AMS-55" for its catalog number, at the end of 1970, just after its 9th printing. (I was an undergrad at the time.) It's one of a handful of books that's always been handy on my office bookshelf, along with Don Knuth'sArt of Computer Programmingand a few others.Random aside fr

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Sorry... couldn't resist!!

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* Download these specific Mathematica fonts:

http://support.wolfram.com/mathematica/systems/windows/general/files/MathFonts_TrueType_41.exe

Don't worry about the self extraction. Create a directory (I named mine "mathematica"); cd there and run "unzip

At this point, I chose to make the fonts available by default for anyone on the system, so I copied the directory: "cd

followed by "xset fp rehash".

I'm not convinced it was necessary, but I also added this line to my $HOME/.mozilla/????????.default/prefs.js file:

user_pref("font.mathfont-family", "Math1, Math2, Math4, Symbol");

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I realize that MS's poor support for the standard isn't your fault, but basically IE doesn't support xhtml in any standard way, and doesn't make it possible for mathml to be supported in a standard way by third-party developers like you.

Yes, but IIRC it's a technique that violates standards, and it doesn

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## OMG I had no idea! (Score:2)

(Especially for people who like looking at the angular momentum of colliding subatomic particles in their spare time.)