Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The three reference books I use the most often are the Sigma-Aldrich catalog, the Merck Index and the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. The first one is a catalog and the second started as a catalog. As it turns out, the CRC was also started by a chemical supplier - it wasn't a catalog but was provided as a marketing tool by the Chemical Rubber Company. The first edition, published in 1913, was so popular that it has been revised almost every year since.
The Chemical Information division of the American Chemical Society has an interview with Dr. David Lide , who has edited the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics since 1989. The interview was published in the Fall 2009 Chemical Information Bulletin.
You can also access the interview directly at