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flandbuch der praparativen anorganischen Chemie (Handbook
of Preparative Inorganic CheniistrJ), Vol. I and Vol. 11,
edited by G. Brcriter. Ferdinand Enltc Verlag, Stuttgart
1960/2. 2 n d Edit., Vol. I : XV, 885 pp., 280 figures. Clothbound, price DM 124. (about 3 31. --); Vol. 11: XII,
725 pp. Clothbound, price D M 108.- (about 2 7 . - j .
The Handbook of Preparative Inorganic Chemistry was
reissued in :I revised form by ti. Brcruer in 1954 in order to
supersede the well-known but out-of-print work of L . I’cir7ir70
in a completely new edition, in the preparation of which R .
Schwtrr; has played a considerable part. It has meanwhile
been favorably received and has now appeared in a second
edition, the first volume having been issued in 1960 and the
second volume in 1962.
T h e basic arrangement has been retained
A general review of preparative methods is followed by the
main part of the book: “Elements and Compounds” and
then comes ii third part: “Special Classes of Materials” (adsorption and catalytically active substances, salts of hydroxy
acids, iso- and heteropolyacids and their salts, carbonyls and
nitrosyls, alloys and intermetallic compounds). Nothing has
been altered in the fundamental character of the book. The
scope has been considerably expanded. The instructions for
practical proced tires have been brought up-to-date in
keeping with scientific developments. T h e contributers of the
individual sections are invariably recognized specialists well
established in their respective fields.
T h e choice of having t o consider what material should be
reincluded o r what may be omitted is, of course, always
somewhat subjective. Randomly selected tests have shown
&hereviewer that apparcntly a really good and useful selection
has been made.
This new edition of thc book will be welcomed in both
university and industrial laboratories. Thanks are due t o the
publisher and contributes for the great effort they have put
into thc preparation of the revised edition. The printing and
presentation are excellent; the price is, however, rather high.
W . Klemrw [NB 7/44 IE]
Arheitserinnerungen (Reminiscences of my Work), by H . SILIIIdinger. Dr. Alfred Hiithig Verlag, Heidelberg 1961. 1 st
Edit., XII, 335 pp., 9 figures. Clothbound, price DM 28.
(about e: 7.-).
T h e book begins with, regrettably, only a brief account of the
life of this important pioneer; this is followed by his various
investigations o n low molecular-weight compounds (60
pages). These are concerned with the expansive fields of
interest of Sttruelinger, whose studies o n ketene, diazo conipounds, flavors, pyrethrum, and the reactions of methylene
still captivate the reader of today.
I n the second part (over 230 pages), his work in the field of
macromolecular chemistry is comprehensively reviewed. The
author’s lecture on the occasion of his reception of the Nobel
Prize for Chemistry on December I I th, 1953 in Stockholm
forms the conclusion.
T h e book contains a good, clear review of the investigations
of the Staudinger School which is provided with 859 references
a n d which gives an excellent survey of the author’s activity.
Furthermore, with the mention of former theories, :he
reader can imagine how controversial opinions were until
Strrudingcr’s views prevailed. The individual subjects are aiscussed in condensed form but complete with references t o
publications and theses. T h e book thus gives a good introduction t o the problems of macromolecular chemistry,
although primarily only for chemists. T h e book can be
warmly recommended to those interested in these topics.
0. Horn
[NB 999143 IE]
Ultrazentrifugenmethoden (IJltraccntrifLlge Methods) by H .
ti. Elicrs, Beck man I nstr u men t s G .in.b. H ., M unich , 2nd
Edit. 1961, 219 pp, 41 illustrations, paper, DM 3 3 . (about
Up until 1950, anyone wishing to work with an ultracentrifuge
could make d o with a single book, viz. “The Ultracentrifuge“,
by Svedberg-Pedersen. NowadaJs at least two books a r e
necessary; in the first place, “Ultracentrifugation in Biochemistry“ by Schachmcrn; then, for the theoretical basis, “Mathematical Theory of Sedimentation Analysis,“ by Fujitcr, and,
for the practitioner, this book by Elias now universally available. “Ultracentrifuge Methods“ contains a n abundance of
practical advice on all the known techniques. This is particularly valuable to those wishing to acquaint themselves with
ultracentrifuge methods in general and t o those wishing t o use
a particular procedure hithcrto unfamiliar t o them. T h e text
is written in such a comprehensible style that it provides a
complete working manual for technical assistants, and does
not necessitate supplementary instructional directions.
Individual descriptions are given of well-tried methods, and
in most cases the limitations of the Lechnique are discussed.
Naturally theexperienced experimenter will not always follow
the methods given here exactly i n every detail, but will apply
his own suitable variations.
N o laboratory employing an ultracentrifuge, n o matter what
its type o r what model it is, should be without this book, which
urgently needs a solid cover. ti. Mey<,r/?cdf [ N B 13/46 IE]
Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology, edited by W . R~r/7/crnd,Vol.
XI1: Plant Respiration, Including Fermentations and Acid
Metabolism, Part I and Part I I . Springer-Verlag, BerlinGottingen-Heidelberg 1960. 1st Edit. Part I : CCLXXX
plus 1121 pp.. 137 figures, Part 1 1 : XX plus 1421 pp.,
215 figures. Price (together) D M 598. (about S 150. ).
These two volumes of over 2700 pages begin with a detailed
biographical appreciation (by H . U//rich)of Wilhelm Ruhland,
the editor of the Encyclopedia, who died on January 5th,
1960. More than 60 authors givc a detailed account of the
biochemistry and physiology of biological oxidations, fermentations, energetics, intermcdiary metabolism, a n d enzyme
chemistry. Higher plants, lower plants, and microorganisms
are considered. About half of the contributions are written in
English. T w o thorough sub.iect indexes (German and English,
each about 170 pages) are especially valuable. T h e authors
include many lcading scientists from several countries lack
of space does not allow them to be mentioned here. T h e
whole work is a monumental achievement. Although some
parts will certainly soon be superseded because of the rapid
development in this field, the book will remain of great
value for many years as a rcfcrence work and as an exhaustive
account of the present statc of this topic.
H . A . Krehs
[NR 990138 IE]
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