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Book Review Kunststoff-Handbuch. Band 1 Grundlagen (Plastics Hand-book. Vol. 1 Fundamentals). Edited by R. Vieweg and D

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facilitates the reader’s search for individual problems. The
chapters are well arranged as far as subject matter is concerned,
but the WKB method that is mentioned several times in
Chapter 5 really deserved a short introduction within the
framework ofthe third chapter. A larger number of mathematical examples would enhance the value of the book.
Taken as a whole, this first volume can be regarded as
successful because of its clear, easily readable, and concise
presentation of the subject.
Ruiner Moormann [NB 337 IE]
Kunststoff-Handbuch. Band I, Grundlagen (Plastics Handbook. Vol. 1, Fundamentals). Edited by R. Vieweg and
D. Bruun. Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich-Vienna 1975. 1st
Edit., xx, 1342 pp., 942 figs., 113 tables, linen, DM 595.-.
The eleven-volume Plastics Handbook is completed by the
volume on “Fundamentals” that has now appeared“]. Since
the Handbook is intended to provide information on the
possible uses of plastics not only for chemists and physicists
but also for manufacturers, architects, electrical engineers,
etc., this “General” volume on the scientific and industrial
basics of the plastics sector has long been anxiously awaited.
Even though the editors emphasize that it was never their
intention to provide a textbook of macromolecular chemistry
and physics and of plastics technology, it must be recognized
and noted that they have succeeded excellently in setting
out, in clear and readily comprehensible form, the knowledge
of fundamentals essential for the volumes on individual topics.
The basic principles of the chemistry and then the physics
of plastics are treated in well-devised and clear sections, with
much space devoted to measurements and test procedures.
Particular mention may be made of a chapter in which the
properties of plastics are compared with those of other materials. A further section treats the principles of plastics processing, e. g. their forming, joining, separation, and improvement,
including the principles of mold construction and the various
equipment for injection molding, extrusion presses, and
blowers.
Finally, separate chapters deal with the principles of plastics
standardization from a national and an international standpoint, with the economics of plastics and relevant statistics,
and with organizations and research institutes.
Understanding of the specialist volumes will be found easier
and deeper if the reader also consults the corresponding
chapter in the “General” volume. It is a remarkable achievement to have coordinated the contributions of many authors
into a compilation that can be understood even by the nonexpert. For all those interested in a deeper insight the rich
reference list at the end of each chapter provides a sufficient
introduction into the original literature.
With this volume the Plastics Handbook receives its accolade as a complete work, for the good reviews, the instructive
illustrations, and the good subject index simplify its use by
all those interested in plastics. With this work, which has
no equal in the world literature, the editors and the publisher
have done a great service to the plastics sector. Both the
“General” volume and the complete work can be recommended without any reservations as of great use to all who
develop, manufacture, or use plastics.
O n o Horn [NB 339 IE]
Subnuclear Components. Preparation and Fractionation.
Edited by G . D. Birnie. Butterworths, London 1976. 1st
edit., 334 pp., numerous figs. and tables, bound, E 15.00.
Following the successful introduction of “Subcellular Components” the appearance of “Subnuclear Components” pro[*] Cf. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 14, 579 (1975).
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vides another highly practical book from the same editor.
G . D. Birnie has succeeded, together with a renowned group
of research-experienced collaborators, in selecting and testing
critically a large number of published methods for the isolation
and fractionation of eukaryotic cell nuclei.
The individual sections provide, in clear arrangement, a
wealth of experimental detail about the isolation of cell nuclei,
cell membranes, nucleoli, chromatin, histones, non-histone
proteins, and nuclear RNA and DNA. The advantages and
disadvantages of the methods for special applications and
difficulties arising therein are discussed in detail; criteria are
announced that can be brought in to assess the chemical
and biological quality of the preparations.
Analytical procedures for the characterization of the isolated
structures or molecules naturally take up a large space in
each chapter. Besides the electron-optical techniques and conventional methods such as the determination of enzyme activities or the amino-acid composition of proteins, less known
methods are described, such as isopyknic centrifuging in metrizamide gradients or the isoelectric focussing of non-histone
proteins.
It is made clear, particularly in the chapter on the isolation
of chromatin, that experimental results obtained in the fractionation of the cell nucleus depend largely on the conditions
used during the preparation and must be interpreted accordingly. It is thus very important that the reader obtains not
only an introduction to the choice of methods for his own
research but also indications on how to evaluate published
data.
Anton Schweiger [NB 344 IE]
Vom Wasser, Vol. 46. Issued by the Fachgruppe Wasserchemie
in der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker. Responsible for
the text: W Husmann. Verlag Chemie, Weinheim 1976. 296,
A96 pp., bound, DM 88.00.
Reaktionen der organischen Chemie. Ein Beitrag zur Terminologie der organischen Chemie. By H. Kruuch and W Kunz.
5th new revised and enlarged edition by W Kunz and E.
Nonnenmacher. Dr. Alfred Hiithig Verlag, Heidelberg 1976.
xxxi, 875 pp., bound, DM 131.OO.
Lehrprogramm Statistik mit zusatzlichen Beispielen aus den
Naturwissenschaften. By W Schmidt. Vol. 46 of the series
“taschentext”. Verlag Chemie/Physik Verlag, Weinheim
1976. 137 pp., paper, DM 18.80.
Lehrprogramm Atombau und Periodensystem. By Ch. Braig.
Vol. 47 of the series “taschentext”. Verlag Chemie/Physik
Verlag, Weinheim 1976. vi, 146 pp., paper, DM 12.80.
Government Regulations, Pheromone Analysis, Additional Pesticides. By G. Zweig and J . Sherma. Vol. VIII of the series
“Analytical Methods for Pesticides and Plant Growth Regulators”. Edited by G. Zweig. Academic Press, New York
1976. xiii, 509 pp., bound, $ 46.50.
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