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Book Review Laboratory Methods in Infrared Spectroscopy. Edited by R. G. J. Miller and B. C. Stace

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engineering, reactor technology, and the metal, petroleum,
rubber, and textile industries, as well as the adjoining fields
of physics, biology, medicine, mathematics, mineralogy, and
crystallography and the disciplines of biochemistry, biophysics,
atomic physics, etc.
In addition to the technical terms, the clearly legible and
,carefully prepared book (the number of printing errors found
was negligible) also lists a large number of substances with
their trivial names and systematic names. Some of the shortcomings found in the German-English edition have been eliminated in the present English-German edition. On leafing
through the book, it was noted that the nomenclature rules
were not strictly followed in some cases. For example, the
German for manganous sulphate is Mangan(r1)-sulfat, not
Manganosulfat, while manganese fluosilicate is Manganfluorosilicat and not Mangansilicatfluorid. The translation of esters
of hypophosphorous acid is also incorrect. These errors ought
to be corrected in the next edition.
Nevertheless, the dictionary is a valuable aid to scientists
and engineers, and a mine of information for technical translators.
Christian Weiske [NB 174 IE]
Laboratory Methods in Infrared Spectroscopy. Edited by R.
G . J . Miller and B. C. Stace. Heyden & Son Ltd., LondonNew York-Rheine. 2nd ed., 1972, xi, 375 pp., numerous
figures and tables, bound D M 56.50
IR spectroscopy has become a dependable workhorse for
many problems of structural elucidation, identification, and
quantitative analysis. The special strengths of IR spectroscopy
are that it can be used for the investigation of substances
in any aggregation state and that analyses can be carried
out on samples in the microgram range and under extreme
conditions. The present book may be very helpful in problems
ofthis type that lie close to the limits of the range of application.
The editors have been able to bring together the experience
of many practical workers in a manner that is rarely found
in publications. The book, which contains numerous figures,
diagrams, tables, and spectra, will undoubtedly prove useful
in many IR laboratories.
Bernhard Schrader [NB 178 IE]
Physik griffbereit. Definitionen-Gesetze-Theorien
(Physics
at Your Fingertips. Definitions-Laws-Theories).
By B.
M . Jaworski and A . A. Detlaf Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn,
Braunschweig 1972. 1st ed., 892 pp., 259 figs., 26 tables,
bound D M 24.80.
According to the foreword by the tsansiator and German
editor F. Cap, the present book is intended as a concise
reference work for preparation for examinations and lectures
and to provide “the internationally usual minimum of general
and ‘theoretical’ physics that is to be expected of any physicist”.
In agreement with this aim, the selection of material covers
a wide range and is not to be found in the hitherto known
German-language literature. The opening chapter on the fundamentals of classical mechanics includes basic concepts such
as velocity and acceleration and the principal points of analytical mechanics, i. e. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian functions,
as well as the variation principle. Hydromechanics and aeromechanics have a chapter to themselves. A chapter on thermodynamics contains both the classical theory and the principal
concepts of the statistical approach. Two chapters on electricity
and mangetism and on waves include the subject matter of
normal lectures in electrodynamics a%d optics. In addition
to the central points such as the Maxwell equations, the
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special theory of relativity, and geometric and wave optics,
marginal fields such as acoustics, thermoelectric phenomena,
and luminescence are also touched upon. The last chapter
is devoted to advanced experimental physics and contains
the fundamentals of atomic, nuclear, and elementary particle
physics.
With this range of subject matter the book is well able to
fulfill its authors’ aims over wide areas. The smooth transition
between the material of introductory theoretical lecturers and
that of special experimental courses should help the student
to form links between areas that are often treated as quite
isolated from one another in Germany.
The selection of material is perhaps open to criticism with
respect to solid-state physics. Many concepts crop up only
as items scattered throughout the book, so that one cannot
speak of a didactically systematic treatment of the subject.
Important concepts such as Brillouin zone and Umklapp
process are missing.
Some readers will notice a lack of up-to-dateness in the chapter
on atomic physics, since recent developments as important
as optical pumping and laser physics are omitted.
The most serious omission, however, is undoubtedly the
absence of any bibliography at the ends of the various chapters.
Reference to at least a few suitable text books for further
reading would greatly enhance the value of the book.
On the whole, the book can be recommended to anyone
who is less concerned with experimental facts than with having
at hand a quick reference to fundamental theories.
R. Tilgner [NB 163 IE]
Annual Reports in Synthesis-1971. Eds. J . McMurry and
R. B. Miller. Academic Press, New York-London
1972.
1st edn., xiv, 347 pp., 8 7.50.
This report, which is in its second year, is one more attempt
to save the synthetic organic chemist from drowning in the
continuously increasing deluge of information. Its eight
chapters (C-C Bonding, Oxidations, Reductions, Heterocyclic Syntheses, Protecting Groups, Useful Preparative Methods, Various Reviews, and ‘Completely Different Reactions’)
present the facts in the briefest form-reference, reaction
equation and sometimes yield-and cover 49 primary journals
of organic chemistry for the period between March 1st 1971
and March 1st 1972. As in the comparable collection of references in ‘Reactiones Organicae’ of the journal Synthesis, the
series aims primarily at presenting the information in rapidly
assimilabIe visual form.
To provide an idea of the completeness of this “box of cards
in book form” its entries were compared with the short communications on synthetic methods that appeared during the
above period in Angewandte Chemie and the Journal of the
American Chemical Society. Very few gaps were noticeable.
The rare mistakes that the Reviewer noted (e.9. pp. 120,
138, 168) were misprints. Although, to save time and expense,
no index is provided, the information sought can generally
be rapidly found through the detailed List of Contents. Longer
thumbing through the book is rewarded by discovery of one
or more methods new to the reader.
As the series is a considerable help in the study of the literature
our first wish is for continuation of the series, but this can
be coupled with a request for more cross-references in future
volumes. This aid to the literature should, in the well-worn
phrase, be to every chemist’s hand and it is to be hoped
that this will in fact occur in view of the extraordinarily
cheap price of about one cent per reference.
Henning Hopf [NB 172 IE]
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