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Active work was started at the Bureau in 1956. The overall plan. the selection
of authors for the various chapters, and the enthusiasm required to begin the task
were contributions of Dr. Abramowitz. Since his untimely death, the effort has
continued under the general direction of Irene A. Stegun. The workers a t the
Bureau and the members of the Committee have had many discussions about
content, style and layout. Though many details have had to be argued out as they
came up, the basic specifications of the volume have remained the same as were
outlined by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Conference of 1954.
The Committee wishes here to register its commendation of the magnitude and
quality of the task carried out by the staff of the NBS Computing Section and their
expert collaborators in planning, collecting and editing these Tables, and its appre-
ciation of the willingness with which its various suggestions were incorporated into
the plans. We hope this resulting volume will be judged by its users to be a worthy
memorial to the vision and industry of its chief architect, Milton Abramowitz.
We regret he did not live to see its publication.
P. M. MORSE, Chairman.
M. C. GRAY
N. C. METROPOLIS
J. B. ROSSER
H. C. THACHER. Jr.
C. B. TOMPKINS
J. W. TUKEY.
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