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CRC Press
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Parent company Taylor and Francis
Status Active
Founded 1973 (as a publishing house)
Country of origin United States
Distribution Worldwide
Nonfiction topics Non-fiction technical books (engineering, science, mathematics, business and information technology)
Official website

The CRC Press, LLC is a publishing group which specializes in producing technical books in a wide range of subjects. While many of their books relate to engineering, science and mathematics, their scope also includes books on business and information technology. It is also well known for its wide range of books on forensics. CRC Press is now a subsidiary of Informa.



The CRC Press was originally founded as the Chemical Rubber Company (CRC), which supplied laboratory equipment to chemists. In 1913 the CRC offered a short (116-page) manual called the Rubber Handbook as an incentive to purchase one of their products.[1] Since then the Rubber Handbook has evolved into the CRC's flagship book, the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.[1] In 1973, in light of the success of its publishing ventures, the company changed its name to CRC Press, Inc, and exited the manufacturing business.[1] In 1986 it was bought by the Times Mirror Company; in 1997/98 it became a publicly held company. In 2003 CRC became part of Taylor & Francis, which in 2004 became part of the UK publisher Informa.[1]

MathWorld controversy

Around 1997, CRC entered into a publishing agreement with Eric W. Weisstein, creator of the MathWorld online mathematics reference work. CRC produced a print and CD-ROM version of the website, retitled the CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics. For a short time thereafter, Weisstein's free online version became only partially accessible to the public, though all access restrictions were lifted in 1999 after Weisstein joined Wolfram Research, Inc. (WRI) and moved the site to its web servers.

In 2000, CRC sued WRI, WRI president Stephen Wolfram, and author Eric Weisstein for what they considered a breach of contract: that the MathWorld content was to remain in print only. CRC believed that it had bought the entire site, including entries written by volunteers, not just publishing rights. The site was taken down by a court injunction. The case was later settled out of court, with WRI paying an unspecified amount and complying with other stipulations. Among these stipulations is the inclusion of a copyright notice at the bottom of the website and broad rights for the CRC Press to produce MathWorld in printed book form. The site then became once again available free to the public.


  1. ^ a b c d CRC Press Pioneers in Publishing, accessed 5. April 2009.

See also

  • Handbook of Physics; Walter Benenson, John W. Harris, Horst Stocker, Holger Lutz
American Institute of Physics, January 13, 2006. ISBN 0-38795269-1

See also

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