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CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Title page of 8th edition of Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, published in 1920
Title page of the 8th edition, published in 1920
PublisherCRC Press (formerly The Chemical Rubber Company)
Pages1624 (102nd ed.)[1]
ISBN9780367417246 (101st ed.)

The CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is a comprehensive one-volume reference resource for science research. First published in 1914, it is currently (as of 2022) in its 103rd edition, published in 2022. It is sometimes nicknamed the "Rubber Bible" or the "Rubber Book", as CRC originally stood for "Chemical Rubber Company".[2]

As late as the 1962–1963 edition (3604 pages) the Handbook contained myriad information for every branch of science and engineering. Sections in that edition include: Mathematics, Properties and Physical Constants, Chemical Tables, Properties of Matter, Heat, Hygrometric and Barometric Tables, Sound, Quantities and Units, and Miscellaneous. Earlier editions included sections such as "Antidotes of Poisons", "Rules for Naming Organic Compounds", "Surface Tension of Fused Salts", "Percent Composition of Anti-Freeze Solutions", "Spark-gap Voltages", "Greek Alphabet", "Musical Scales", "Pigments and Dyes", "Comparison of Tons and Pounds", "Twist Drill and Steel Wire Gauges" and "Properties of the Earth's Atmosphere at Elevations up to 160 Kilometers". Later editions focus almost exclusively on chemistry and physics topics and eliminated much of the more "common" information.

64th Edition of CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics with an American dollar bill for scale; weighs 6 pounds 5.0 ounces (2.86 kg)

Contents by edition

In addition to an extensive line of engineering handbooks and references and textbooks across virtually all scientific disciplines, CRC is today also known as a leading publisher of books related to forensic sciences, forensic pathology, criminology, and police sciences.[5]


  1. ^ "CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics - 102nd Edition - John Rumble". Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  2. ^ Broad, William J. (15 June 1979). "Rubber Bible Turns 60". Science. 204 (4398): 1181. doi:10.1126/science.204.4398.1181. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 17772414.
  3. ^ "Handbook of Chemistry and Physics 102nd Edition". CRC Press. Archived from the original on 2021-04-24. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  4. ^ "CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics". 2002-01-28. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  5. ^ 95th Edition (26 Jun 2014), ISBN 1-4822-0867-9, with 2693 pages, Editor-in-Chief W. M. Haynes.