Birkhauser is the largest publishing firm in Switzerland specializing in the
natural sciences. It employs over 70 workers. It regards as its foremost task
the perpetuation of a tradition-rich commitment to the service of science, also
taking into consideration the pursuit and improvement of electronic
media. With international research institutes now setting the pace in the
natural sciences, 80% of our book titles and 90% of our journals are in English.
A branch office was established in Boston,
Massachusetts, in 1979 devoted exclusively to the science program.
Acquired by Springer-Verlag,
Heidelberg-Berlin-New York, in 1985, Birkhäuser today is an independently run
Swiss company with offices in Basel, Boston and Berlin. The recent partial
takeover of Springer by Bertelsmann Fachinformation GmbH and its integration
into the newly founded Bertelsmann Springer Science + Business Media-Group has
not changed Birkhäuser's independent character.
Thirty-one scientific journals and 240 new books are published each year.
Bilingual titles (mostly German/English) and twin editions, especially in the
architecture program, are a key element of the list and underscore the
publisher's international outlook.