SDSU mathematics professor Mark Dunster is the author of the Legendre functions chapter for a new and popular mathematics handbook. This 2010 book updates the classical and well used Handbook of Mathematical Functions, edited by Abramowitz and Stegun in 1965. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has taken 10 years and involved over 20 international experts to complete this massive mathematics project.

The US Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics wrote that "The NIST Handbook is indeed a monumental achievement, and the many, many individuals who participated in its creation and dissemination are to be congratulated and thanked."

Optics and Photonics News recognized that "The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Cambridge University Press are to be congratulated for publishing a treasury. It is eminently readable with clear, sharp, high-contrast text, mathematical notation and colored graphs and figures. People who work with functions will delight in this handbook."

Being invited to author a chapter for this important handbook is a special honor and an international recognition of one's expertise in special functions.

Professor Dunster also helped the writing of other chapters of the handbook.