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Book Review Dictionary of Organic Compounds. Edited By R. Stevens

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On the other hand, the chapter about analytical applications,
which is arranged according to elements and which contains
a subsection on commercially available equipment, will
appear too short for many analytical chemists who are interested in this new technique. In spite of the closing chapter
about subjects which are closely connected with atomic absorption, for example, oscillator strength, vacuum UV, and
fluorescence effects, the book leaves inany questions open
because of its somewhat oversimplified style. For instance,
the discussion of burner types makes no mention of important possible interferences such as light scattering effects and
variations in flame profiles. In the sectica on applications,
the characteristics of various flame types are given incompletely. The reader misses a critical comparison between
turbulent and laminar flames. Tiae acetylene-nitrous oxide
flame is mentioned only very briefly, this being a field of
study in which great improvements In sensitivity. have been
made in the last two years. The Iiterature is covered up to the
beginning of 1965. Wifh mure than 100 papers being published each year, it is no mean feat to provide a review which
represents something more than an interim report.
Such limitations, however, tend to mask the achievement of
the author, who has after all succeeded in presenting a comprehensible introduction to atomic absorption to all who are
interested in this topic which has proved very useful in many
branches of applied analytical chemistry. Nevertheless, before wishing the book a wide readership, the reviewer would
recommend a thorough revision of the work.
J. Ringhardtz
[NB 625 IE]
Applications of Statistical Mechanics. By W. A. Guggenheim,
Clarendon PressiClarendon University Press, London
1966. 1st Edit., 211 pp., numerous illustrations, 55s.
This book is a n extended reproduction of the author’s “Baker
Lectures“ at Cornell University in 1963, and may be regarded
as a modern appendix to “Statistical Thermodynamics” by
Fowler and Guggenheim. The eleven chapters deal with:
“Absolute activities and grand partition functions”, “Crystalline argon”, “Corresponding states”, “Argon at the triple
point and equations of state for liquid argon and gases at
high densities”, “Sodium and potassium chlorides and the
repulsion between their ions”, “Symmetrical mixtures”,
“Athermic mixtures and solutions of macromolecules”,
“Ion distribution in dilute aqueous solutions”, “Aqueous
solutions of simple electrolytes”, “Aqueous solutions of
several electrolytes”, and “Adsorption of gases in single and
multiple layers”.
This new book by Guggenh&n is again a model of correctness
and clarity. It presents a goad survey of recent developments
in the fields mentisned, with special reference to recent work
by the author. However awing to the small size of the book
and the lecturc, style of the presentation, a number of interestingrecent developments have not been included, e.g. work
o n ions in concentrated electrolyte solutions or on the salt
lattice under high hydrostatic pressure. Nevertheless, this
informative and comprehensible book is warmly recommendE. iJ. Franck
[NB 590 IE]
ed .
Dictionary of Organic Compounds. Edited by R . Stevens. 2nd
Supplement Eyre & Spottiswoode Publishers Ltd . E. & F.
N. Spoon Ltd., London 1966. 4th Edit., 216 pp., cloth
f, 10.00.
It is normally unnecessary to review a supplement. If the
main work[*] is good, then one assumes (correctly, in the
present instance) that the same will be true of the supplement;
if the main work is bad (which this dictionary is not), then
supplements are rarely of much help.
The second supplement to the “Dictionary of Organic Compounds”, however, deserves mention in that some minor
changes are introduced (spelling of systematic names, alphabetical order of elements in empirical formulae, quoting
abbieviated Christian names in literature references), which
bring the text more into line with international usage and
make it easier to follow. Additions to entfies in the main
work are indicated by an asterisk. Whenever the additions
are particularly extensive, the entire entry is repeated, collating all the information. Literature up to the end of 1965 is
included. With the two supplements, the Dictionary piovides
a handy reference tool giving all the information that may be
required on the compounds listed. It is, moreover, exceptionally up-to-date; further supplements are to be published to
H. Grinewald
[NB 580 IEI
ensure that it remains so.
[I] Cf. Angew. Chem. 78, 724 (1966); Angew. Chem. internat.
Edit. 5, 688 (1966).
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