Abramowitz & Stegun in PDF freely downloadable



#2

Hi all,

    As a reminder, and as I've seen a recent thread where this
    excellent reference book was mentioned, all people interested in it can download the whole 1,000+ page book in PDF format for free from
    here.

    Be warned that it's a 68 Mb download, but if you can by all means do.

Best regards from V.

#3

Thank you!

Call me old-fashioned, but I am still glad I splurged the $40 on the actual book.

Les


#4

Hi, Les:

Les posted:

    "Thank you ! Call me old-fashioned, but I am still glad I splurged the $40 on the actual book."

      You're welcome. I did, as well. I got mine from Amazon some time ago, but the PDF version, duly downloaded to my laptop, comes handy when I'm far from reach of the printed book but I nevertheless need to find some information on the spot. Thanks to the locally available PDF, I don't even need internet access.

      It's also handy for those people not wanting to pay for it, and/or not having enough space on their shelves for such a big book ! :-)

      Of course, it goes without saying that downloading it for free is perfectly legal, there's no copyright infringement whatsoever.

Best regards from V.


#5

In case anyone's wondering, the content of this book was financed by the U.S. government, and thus not eligible for copyright protection.

Regards,
James


#6

Yes, I was wondering how that was possible, given the highly valuable content of this book. I was feeling annoyed after browsing through the PDF, but now I am reassured.

I just hope it's ok for me to download it, since I am not a US citizen :-)


#7

Hi, Bruno:

Bruno posted:

" I was wondering how that was possible, given the highly valuable content of this book. I was feeling annoyed after browsing through the PDF, but now I am
reassured. I just hope it's ok for me to download it, since I am not a US citizen"

    Relax, man. Have a look at this:


      "Copyright notice:

      The Handbook of Mathematical Functions is, under the US copyright law, a "work for hire performed for the US Government".
      Therefore, from the point of view of the copyright law, the "author" of this work is the US Government. According to the US copyright law, works by the US
      Government are not eligible for the US copyright protection. Therefore, the Handbook of Mathematical Functions is not under US copyright and it is legal to copy
      it or distribute it in any form.
      Accordingly, paper copies of the book do not bear a copyright notice or a notice to prohibit copying."

    and if still haunted by insurmountable guilt, you may find comfort here.

    Sheesh ! ...

Best regards from V.
#8

If you can do without the tables, a hyper-linked HTML/JPEG copy (both online and downloadable) is also available by going to just http://www.math.sfu.ca/~cbm/aands/.

Regards,
James

Edited: 25 May 2006, 10:10 p.m.


#9

Thanks for the link!

The HTML version is readily navigable, and the only problem I seem to have with it is when viewing a page that is turned 90 degrees in the original when representating large tables. In this case, the PDF is superior, since Adobe Reader permits a hassle-free capacity to rotate pages.

That said, I still don't mind having spent the money on the hardcopy. The Dover reprint is of good quality, and it is actually easier to flip back and forth in a real book than in an HTML file.

Les


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