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In 1900, Arthur Friedman, a student at Case School of Applied Science in Cleveland, Ohio, started a part-time enterprise to produce rubber aprons and sell them to chemistry laboratories. His brothers, Leo and Emanuel, soon joined him to form the Chemical Rubber Company. They published the first edition of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics in 1913 as a marketing incentive, giving a copy away with each sale of a dozen or more aprons. Designed to fit in the pockets of those aprons, the little book provided chemists with all the essential chemical data they needed.Filling such an important need, this original single-source reference began to take on a life all of its own. Before long, the Handbook became the standard reference for chemists and physicists worldwide. Updated nearly 90 times, it has grown from its original apron-pocket size to a 2500-page volume that continues to be a mainstay of science and technology. The Rubber Book, as it was known to previous generations of scientists, is now available in an interactive electronic format, available both on CD and the web.Like many other publishers, CRC Press has gone through a number of acquisitions and mergers, but unlike most, both its name and its mission remain intact. Today CRC Press functions as the principal science and technology book division of the Taylor & Francis Group, an Informa Company. In getting to this notable position, more changes have occurred than we can list.Many of those changes involved bringing specialty publishers under our umbrella in service to the cross-discipline trend that is now the way of all science. A primary example was the acquisition of Lewis Publishers in 1990, which made CRC the leading publisher of environmental science books. The subsequent additions of St. Lucie Press and Auerbach Publishing extended our reach into business management and information technology. The acquisition of Chapman & Hall