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two protons of the S-methyl group of methionine appear in
the methylation product, unfortunately could not be incl Jded .
A comprehensive review of chemical aspects and functions
of human and animal hemoglobins is contributed by W. A.
Schrodinger and R.T. Jones. A very original feature is the
description of the construction of a paper model of the 9chain of hemoglobin A. The structure and metabolism of
collagen are exhaastively discussed in a brilliant article by
W. Grassmann et al. In the final chapter, L. M. Jackmairn
first presents a short but very informative introduction to
nuclear magnetic resonance methods, and then with the aid
of a number of typical examples, he discusses the application
of NMR to the elucidation of the structures of natural
products. Special attention is given to spin decoupling and
the application of nuclear resonance to questions of stereochemistry.
H. Grisebach
[NB 547 I€]
ABC der Chemie (ABC of Chemistry) (2 volumes). Verlag
Harri Deutsch, Frankfurt 1966. 1st Edit., 1590 pp., numerous illustrations, 40 tables, bound, total price DM 89.80
(about S 23).
Good reference books are always welcome, and the present
2-volume work must be described as good. It contains some
12000 entries and 800 illustrations. For many of the entries
one finds not only definitions, but descriptive articles which
partly have the character of handbook articles. For example,
under the entry “Lijsungsmittel” (solvents) is given a 3’,2page table listing 75 solvents with their densities, melting
points, boiling points, flash points, methods of drying, and
solvent powers. Similarly detailed information is given, c.g.,
under “Nomenclature”, “Coal”, “Nuclear reactors”, etc.
The article on “Laboratory”, which covers over six pages,
unfortunately is rather inane, and the space could have been
put to better use.
It is unlikely that everything in a reference work will be correct, but the number of serious errors helrg is small (e.g. adamantane is not a tetracyclic. but a tricyclic hydrocarbon, and
in the list of Nobel Laureates the merits of Krebs and Lipinann
are interchanged). More often one finds i’nformation that is
not strictly accurate: for exiimple, in the article on enzymes,
it is stated that *‘ ., they enable reactions to proceed that
would occur only under extreme con6nlons in the absence of
the catalys ”
Nevertheless, the work would have merited the grade “very
good” were it not for the fact that the editors have adhered
with Teutonic thoroughness to a spelling that is now considered archaic for technical literature. For example, they use
“Azetyl-Koferment A” instead of “Acetyl-Coferment A”
(“Coenzym” should be used rather than “Coferment” in any
case), and “Azetonzyanhydrin” instead of “Acetoncyanhydrin”; one wonders why they did not have the courage to
“B 543 IE]
extrapolate to “Azetofenon”. H. Grijnewald
Praktikum der makromolekufaren organischen Chemie (Laboratory manual of macromolecular organic chemistry).
Edited by D . Braun, H . Cherdron, and W. Kern. Dr. Alfred
Huthig-Verlag, Heidelberg 1966. 1st Edit., 250 pp., 25
figures, DM 26.-.
In view of the great importante of macromolecular organic
chemistry, universities are showing a growing tendency to
incorporate this important branch of organic chemistry
into their curricula in the form of lectures and special
courses. A handy primer corresponding to “Gattermann”
for practical organic chemistry therefore h d S become a
necessity. The present w,mk is matched t o the situation in
Germany, and was produced with the support of the “Plastics
and Rubber’ Group of the Gesellschuft-Deutscher Chemiker.
Many companies have made tested laboratory procedures
available t o the compilers. The book gives not only a series
of excellent and carefully selected exanples of the preparation
of the various types of polymers, but also a general picture
of the precautions to be taken in laboratory preparations
(choice of reaction conditions, purification and storage of
monomers, temperature adjustment, control and termination
of polymerizations, etc.). The theory of the macromolecular
compounds is also clearly presented in the various experiments. The reviewer finds it rather disturbing that the
examples begin with number 300 and that the decimal classification is used elsewhere.
As is only to be expected from these authors, the book is an
excellent introduction to practical macromolecular chemistry
and will certainly be warmly welcomed in all technical
H . Hoplp’ [NB 550 I€]
Physikalische Anorganische Chemie (Physical inorganic
chemistry), by M. D . Sienko and R. A . Plane. Translated
and enlarged by F. Steinback S . Hirzel, Stuttgart 1965.
1st Edit., 46 figures, 32 tables, 160 pp., paper D M 18.--.
One must be quite optimistic in order to believe that an
understandable discussion of those fields of physical and
theoretical chemistry with which inorganic chemists are
currently involved can be treated in 169 small-format pages.
The abundance of material presented, the many useful tables,
and the easy reading seems to make this book suitable for the
beginner, who is less concerned with understanding and
noting every detail, but rather with obtaining a general
picture. Precision is not the stiong point of the book, and
one does not always giin the impression that the authors
themselves fully understand what they are writing about,
particularly in the chapters on atomia and molecular theory.
This impression is probably more pronounced in the German
translation than in the original. The German text is in fact
clumsy in many places. Expressions translated too literally
from the English version often do,not correspond to German
usage. For example, the correcf German term for “normalization” should b~ “Normierung”, rather than “Normalisierung”. and “orbital quantum number” is not “Orbitalquantenzahl”, but “Nebendn’antenzaht”. “Legendre polynomials” are not “Kugelfunktionen”, “valence bond” is not
normally rendered by “Valenzbindung”, and hybridization
and degeneracy are entirely different concepts. There is no
“procedure called resonance”. “Der Orbital” sounds odd
when one is accustomed to “das Orbital”. The reader is
recommended to use in addition a more thorough treatment if
he is interested in the theoretical part.
W. Kutzelnigg
[NB 562 I€]
Kleine Quantenmechanik (Quantum mechanics in brief), by
W. Wessel. Physik-Verlag GmbH.. MosbachIBaden 1966.
1st Edit., 161 pp., 46 figures, cloth D M 16.80.
As the author remarks in the introduction, he would like his
book to appeal to that kind of non-physicist who might have
been enthused in the 1920’s by Somrnerfeld’s “Atombau und
Spektrallinien” (Atomic structure and spectral lines).
The particle-wave dualism and the particular role of probability statements in quantum theory are well presented. The
author is wary of philosophical conclusions, despite his
tendency towards belletristic insertions. The central theme
of the hook is guidance, as simply as this is possible,
along the path that led Heisenberg to the development of
matrix mechanics.
The subject matter is made somewhat difficult to follow by
the fact that important and also secondary concepts and
equations are simply pdlltd out of thin air without proof, or
with the reniatk that their proof w d d be too difficult.
Anyone who expects an introduction to the current formalism of quantum mechanics to enable him, for example,
to obtain a better understanding of its chemical applications
will be disappointed. However, for a theoretical chemist it
Angew. Chem. internut. Edit.
Vol. 6 (1967)
No. 3
may be worth the experience to be presented the familiar onedimensional free-electron model from quite a different point
of view under the unusual name of “reflection oscillator”.
W.Kutzelnigg [NB 563 IE]
Einfiihrung in die Chromatographie (Introduction to Chromatography). By H . Hrapin. Wissenschaftliche Taschenbucher (Scientific Manuals), Vol. 30. Akademie-Verlag,
Berlin 1965. 1st ed., 236 pp., 32 illustrations, 12 tables,
paper S 8.00.
More or less comprehensive monographs on the various
types of chromatography, e.g. paper, thin layer, and gas
chromatography, already exist. However, until now there has
been no German-language “Introduction to Chromatography”, so that the 236-page book from the WTB series
fills a gap. The author has a lucid style, and knows how to
present even difficult ideas in a comprehensible manner. The
subdivision is almost too rigid, so that the beginner may
overlook the common feature of all these processes. However,
a clearer separation of the actual types of chromatography
from the numerous operating techniques is desirable. An
introductory “Classification” is followed by a 44-page discussion of the theories of chromatography, the mathematical
treatment of the plate theory being given more space than is
necessary. The section o n the “Practice of Column Chromatography” (45 pp.) is very successful The next-largest section
(37 pp.) is that on gas chromatography. A striking feature
here is that details are given for the construction of detectors.
23 pages are devoted to paper chromatography, and 13 pages
to thin-layer chromatography. Electrophoresis is discussed
rather too briefly in 7 pages. References to companies are
mainly confined to manufacturers in East Germany. For
a second edition, the reviewer ‘would like to see a more
international character also in this respect.
On the whole, the book fully achieves its purpose, i.e. to
introduce the beginner to the various and versatile possibilities of chromatography. It presents a good survey of the
field. It can only be hoped that it will lead, not only to the
use of one of these methods, but to their rational combination.
E. Stnlil
[NB 533 IE]
Synthetic Methods of Organic Chemistry, VoI. 20, by W.Theilheimer. Verlag S . Karger, Basel-New York 1966. 1st Edit.,
xiv, 740 pp., sFr 246.00.
The present volume of this well-known series continues to
report o n modern synthetic reactions in the proven manner.
702 well-chosen articles from the period 1963-1965 cover the
entire field of organic chemistry. In view of the growing
importance of stereospecific reactions and photorea-ctions,
more space is devoted to these topics. Numerous reactions
for the synthesis of complicated isocyclic and heterocyclic
ring systems are also included. To limit the volume to a
reasonable size, synthetic work that has nothing new to offer
with regard to method is omitted. However, the articles in
earlier volumes are brought up to date by the list of “Supplementary references” (17 pages).
This comprehensive volume concludes the series 16-2C, and
accordingly contains all the references of volumes 16-19 in
the text and in the index. This index (148 pages) will be
welcomed by all who cannot become accustomed to the
system of arrangement used throughout the series. The value
of the collection is increased by the inclusion of new entries
such as “prevention” and ‘‘retention” of f u ~ c i i o n a lgroups.
The four pages on important developments in organic
chemistry in 1965-1966 are particularly useful.
This series, whlch was launched some time ago, no longer
requires special recommendation. However, it occurs to the
review2r that the a supplementary peep-hole index might be
a useful aid t o the retrieval of the information collected in the
20 volumes of this work.
S. Hiinig
[NB 549 IE]
[l] Cf. Angew. Chem. 78, 555 (1966); Angew. Chern. internat.
Edit. 5 , 529 (1966).
Anyew. Clrem. internat. Edit.
/ Vol. 6 (1967) / No. 3
The Penicillin Group of Drugs. By G.T. Stewrrrt. ElsevieiPublishing Company, Amsterdam 1965.1st ed.,xii, 21 2 pp..
11 illustrations, bound Dutch fl. 27.50 (cn. $ 7.50).
Penicillin, originally the name of a n active p;inciple rather
than of a definite substance, not only formed the starting
point for antibiotics research in general, but also became il
collective term for a group of drugs long after its first investigation. The author’s description of this development i n
the first three chapters shows a great deal of detailed knowledge. This part of the book presents interesting information
about the history of medicine, though it is not exhaustive.
particularly in relation to non-British contributions.
The next five chapters deal with the semi-synthetic penicillins.
mainly from the point of view of application. Chapter Y
discusses morphological and biochemical aspects of the mode
of action, and the chemical aspects are discussed i n Chapter
10. It would have been better if, e.g.. of the six structural
formulae on page 100, at least one had been correct, and i f
C-2 of the penicillin skeleton had not been trivalent throughout the book. The general cofidusions on the mode of
action (Chapter 11) are very cautious. They are intended to
show how far away we still.are from a n understanding of the
relationships Though the pharmacology and toxicology of
some penicillins have already beev cons’idered, these and the
problems of tesistance and allergy are again discussed in
three further chapters. The book closes with the epidemiologic importance of the penicillins and a brief discussion of the
The book was not written for the organic chemist, but microbiologists, physicians, and pharmacists will find some
fundamental information in it. Care has been taken with its
presentation, and the index and reference lists are comprehensive.
[NB 523 IE]
H. A . Off2
Theories mofeculaires de la Resonance Magnetique Nuclkaire.
Applications B la chimie structurale. (Molecular Theories
of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Applications to Structural Chemistry). By C . Mavel. Dunod, Paris 1966. 1st ed.,
x, 325 pp., 64 illustrations, 47 tables, paper F 78.- (cn.
In only a few years, high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance gained an important place alongside other spectroscopic methods in chemistry. In the present book, G . Matel
reviews recent publications (subsequent to the book published
in 1959 by Pople, Schneider, and Bernstein) dealing with the
theoretical aspects of nuclear magnetic resonance with
special reference to the electronic structure of organic molecules. The obvious aim of the author was to provide a bridge
between theory and experiment in this rapidly developing
field for the chemist who uses nuclear resonance as an aid
in his work.
The two introductory chapters (20 pp.) on the interpretation
of nuclear magnetic resonance on the basis of the Bloch
equations and on the introduction of the chemical shift and
nuclear spin coupling, consequently, are short. In the section
on the chemical shift (60 pp.), the fundamental principles of
the perturbation theory and of the variation method are first
described, and the semi-empirical theories by means of which
the empirical data have so far been interpreted are then
discussed. A similar plan is followed in the chapter (34 pp.)
on indirect spin coupling. Unfortunately, the recent development of the theory by the molecular orbital method (Pople,
Santry, Both6er-By) is mentioned only briefly. The analysis
of nuclear resonance spectra (72 pp.) is carried out explicitly
for the simpler cases. Tables arc given for a number of more
complicated cases, and the moment method and iterative
methcxls are mentioned. This chapter also contains a discussion (unfortunately very short) of the spectra of oriented
molecules, which have recently attracted considerable attention. The book closes with chapters o n multi-quantum
transitions (10 pp.). the theoretical aspects of double reso-
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