W. H. Freeman and Company, publisher of books and textbooks in the sciences, is distinguished by a discerning editorial vision and a longstanding commitment to superior production standards. One of the few publishers that produce science books for scholars, students, and the general public, Freeman brings advances in the frontiers of modern science to classrooms and homes throughout the world.
Driven by a clear sense of its publishing mission, Freeman's
success is built on three tenets: to produce innovative books
in dynamic areas of science; to work with authors of outstanding
achievement; and to produce books of exceptional quality.
Founded in 1946 by William H. Freeman, who had been a salesman and editor at Macmillan, W. H. Freeman and Company's first book was General Chemistry by the late Nobel laureate Linus Pauling. That pioneering text revolutionized the chemistry curriculum and set the high standard of book production that established Freeman as the premier science publisher. Since then, the Company has published hundreds of groundbreaking books for students, and, in recent years, for the general reader intrigued by science.
In the early 1960's, W. H. Freeman and Scientific American, Inc., joined forces to publish offprints of articles from Scientific American magazine for university classrooms. Offered to instructors in collated sets and in topical anthologies, the offprints sold as many as eight million per year at their peak of popularity. The logic of collaboration between the nation's leading science publication and a distinguished science textbook publisher thus demonstrated, in 1964 Scientific American acquired Freeman, and the two companies embarked on a new era of partnership.
In 1986 the Holtzbrinck Group, a prosperous publishing corporation
based in Stuttgart, Germany, acquired Scientific American,
and along with it, W.H. Freeman and Company. The Holtzbrinck
Group now includes Bedford Books, St. Martin's Press College,
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, Henry Holt & Company and Worth
Publishers in the U.S., and, in Europe, Macmillan U.K., Nature
magazine, Spektrum Books, S. Fischer Verlag, Droemer Verlag, Rowohlt
Verlag, and Handlesblatt (a newspaper comparable to the
Wall Street Journal), as well as other publishing enterprises.
Today, excellence and innovation remain the hallmarks of Freeman. Freeman titles that have become the leading texts in their fields include For All Practical Purposes: An Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics, from the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP), Lubert Stryer's Biochemistry, Robert F. Sokal and F. James Rohlf's Biometry, Peter Atkins' Physical Chemistry, Jan Kuby's Immunology, Dan Harris's Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Griffiths, Miller, Suzuki, Lewontin, and Gilbert's An Introduction to Genetic Analysis, the late William Kaufmann's Universe and Discovering the Universe, and Frank Press and Raymond Siever's Earth.
Recent books that have become the most successful new titles in highly competitive disciplines include David Moore's The Basic Practice of Statistics, Frank Press and Raymond Siever's Understanding Earth, and Ronald Comer's Abnormal Psychology.
Freeman is also a pioneer in multimedia publishing for the classroom. It was the first publisher to produce a CD-ROM of a science textbook--the disc version of William Kaufmann's Universe. Subsequent CD-ROMs have brought technical sophistication, supreme functionality, and superb educational values to the process of learning science. Those include remarkable discs for Kaufmann and Comins' Discovering the Universe (the first text to include a complete CD-ROM with each book), for Molecular Cell Biology by Lodish, Baltimore, Berk, Zipursky, Matsudaira, and Darnell, and, perhaps the most dramatic, for the upcoming edition of Chemistry: Molecules, Matter, and Change by Peter Atkins and Loretta Jones (disc and text available in December, 1996).
Freeman is also taking advantage of the Internet by creating sites on the World Wide Web for a number of books--sites offering updates of material, teaching and studying resources, avenues for further study, and links to other Web sites keyed to specific sections of the text. The first of these, the Russett and Starr World Politics web site, is in it's second year of use. Web sites for Kaufmann and Comins' Discovering the Universe, Atkins and Jones' Chemistry: Molecules, Matter and Change, Cole and Cole's The Development of Children, and Kuby's Immunology.
Like W. H. Freeman's textbooks, the science books for a general readership feature high editorial standards, superb production values, and attentiveness to innovations. Notable new titles are Privileged Hands, the autobiography of Geerat Vermeij--a world-renowned evolutionary biologist blind since childhood; Leonard Cole's The Eleventh Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare, and Harold Klawans's Why Michael Couldn't Hit: And Other Tales of Neurology in Sports. Recent trade bestsellers include Murray Gell-Mann's The Quark and the Jaguar, the Nobel laureate's personal exploration of his many intellectual pursuits, and Robert Sapolsky's Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress, Stress-related Disease, and Coping.
Freeman is also the publisher of The Scientific American Library
and its offshoot, Scientific American Library Paperbacks,
both elegant series of books for general readers on emerging areas
of science, featuring expert authors and brilliant illustrations.
In the area of electronic trade publishing, Freeman offers two
award-winning titles: the interactive CD-ROM version of Stephen
Hawking's A Brief History of Time (which has sold over
4.5 million copies in hardcover and paperback) and Scientific
American's Exploring Ancient Cities.
W. H. Freeman and Company textbooks are available all over the
world. In Europe and Africa, Freeman is distributed by W. H.
Freeman at Macmillan Press in Basingstoke, England. Macmillan
companies also distribute Freeman titles in Australia, Japan,
Hong Kong, China, and Latin America. Freeman titles have been
translated into two dozen languages including Spanish, French,
Italian, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Polish, Korean, Arabic, Turkish,
Greek, and Indonesian.
The spirit of innovation that inspired William Freeman still pervades the Company today. From editorial offices to the warehouse, the Company's ethos encourages autonomy, accomplishment, and creativity. As publishing moves into an uncertain new era of radically evolving technologies, mergers and consolidations, and a more global market place, Freeman enjoys a distinct advantage by being a part of the Von Holtzbrinck worldwide publishing family, and by having access to its many franchises, loyalties, and proprietary relationships. At the same time, the ownership structure is designed specifically to protect and enhance the independence of the company, allowing Freeman to take a long term approach toward fulfilling its unique publishing mission.