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Handbook of Mathematical Functions: with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables (Dover Books on Mathematics) Paperback – June 1, 1965
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Four stars only because it has been partly overcome by history. 5 Plus for its historical importance.
In 2001 it has two drawbacks. First, because algorithms for computing numerical values of mathematically functions have improved dramatically over the 37 years since this work was published, you will not find suitable algorithms for computing values of the various functions discussed. To write a program for a computer or programmable calculator to produce values of any of these functions, you should use algorithms obtained from more modern works.
Second, and for much the same reason, you should not assume that all the numerical values given in all the tables are completely accurate; in 1964 calculations of some of these values with then-known algorithms pushed the state of the art to the limit. For example, in Table 7.3, "Complementary Error Function", two of the values attributed to a 1951 table by O. Emersleben are slightly incorrect in the last digit tabulated. This is not a criticism of this book, or of Emersleben; accurate calculation of values of the complementary error function for large arguments is tricky, and I have found similar errors in tables compiled more recently. However, good algorithms are now known, and should be used by anyone who desires reliable values.
These days I find this book still useful for refreshing my memory on various of the many formulas it contains, but for numerical values I prefer to rely on more recent sources, or on programs that derive values using the better algorithms known these days.
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