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criticisms concerning the Handbook.
Most importantly, we thank the readers who have contacted us withsuggestions for new
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Many of theAmerican National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards that deal with
mechanical engineering, extracts from which are included in the Handbook, are published
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that may be of interest is located on page 2079.
Several individuals in particular, contributed substantial amounts of time and information
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