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Book Review Principles of Organic Chemistry. By R. A. Geissman

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England be might have been a Viceroy of India, in America
a first-rate businessmann.
The book is an impressive document: The biographer, a man
from another country, who did not know Huber personally,
has diligently compiled the necessary material and has written
a book which obscures and glosses over nothing, but which,
after a cool examination of the facts, pays homage to a man
wronged by his own country.
H . Sachsse [NB 821 IE]
The Wave Mechanics of Atoms, Molecules, and Ions. By C . J .
H. Schutte. Edward Arnold (Publishers), London 1967.
XIII, 502 pp. numerous figures and tables, bound 84s.
This book is intended for students who wish to obtain a
better understanding of the mathematical principles of the
quantum-mechanical methods commonly used nowadays in
physical chemistry. The book is divided into 16 chapters, the
subject matter in each section being supplemented by several
examples for practice.
The chapters deal in order with the fundamentals of quantum
mechanics, the group theory and the MO methods of quantum chemistry. The applications of the theory in spectroscopy appear only in the third part of the book, with particular reference to the properties of the vibrational, rotational.
and nuclear resonance excitation of molecules. An interesting
but rather too short chapter for such a comprehensive book
is devoted to the transition metal ions.
The book is adequately supplied with tables and figures, and
is thus also a valuable reference book for students. The
abundant literature references and references to original
works are of great practical use to the reader.
Though the author, in his foreword, recommends the book
to the practical chemist, it can scarcely be called a text book
in the usual sense. The concise arrangement of the material
makes familiarity with the manipulation of mathematical
formulas a necessity. whereas this is not possessed by most
practical chemists. On page 42, for example, the selection
rules of the transition moments are discussed with the aid of
direct products of irreducible representations without prior
explanation of the symbols used. The book, which is crammed
with facts, is therefore more useful as a collection of formulas
or tables. Similarly, the problems for practice often involve
considerable reasoning and numerical calculation, so that the
average reader will be reluctant to spare the time required for
their solution and discussion. It is nevertheless possible to’
obtain an insight into quantum-mechanical calculations by
means of the solutions discussed in the Appendix. Though
the book is well presented, some of the mathematical formulas contain printing errors, which are not always obvious
owing to the author’s often difficult arguments.
The author must be congratulated o n producing a book that
fills the gaps between the corresponding works on the precise
methods of quantum chemistry and those on the experimental methods of physical chemistry. The fundamentals of
quantum chemistry are treated in a readily understandable
formal manner, and the results are illustrated by many
practical examples. The book will probably be very useful to
those who are familiar with the applications of quantum
chemistry, and could provide a stimulus to further study.
P . A . Struub
B B 822 IE]
Principles of Organic Chemistry. By R. A . Geissmun. Freeman
and Co., San Francisco-London 1968.3rd Edit., x+ 883pp.,
98 illustrations, 70 tables, bound 70s.
This is the third edition of Geissmun’s book, which is written
as an introduction to organic chemistry within the framework
of a one-year course. Departing from the classical division
according to compounds customary in textbooks of organic
chemistry, the author lays the main emphasis o n reactions
of functional groups. Properties and reactions of organic
chemical compounds are presented as expressions of the
characteristic behavior of the most important functional
groups. It becomes apparent, however, that the content of
organic chemistry cannot be divided quite systematically in
this way; thus, in addition to the chapters corresponding to
this division others are inserted dealing with, e. g., absorption
spectra of organic compounds. stereoisomerism, optical
activity, ring formation, conformation, and molecular rearrangements. In the present, third, edition particular attention is paid to physical methods of characterizing organic
On the good side it can be noted that, while limiting strictly
the amount of material, the author is yet able to bring the
reader right up to the front of modern organic chemistry
with a series of carefully chosen examples; the introductory
chapter on the chemical bond and reaction kinetics is particularly successful. As a whole, the book is characterized by
its clear and didactically successful presentation of its material. Its value is enhanced by the problems that are scattered
in the text or collected at the end of each chapter.
Alongside the report of these successes some critical remarks
may be permissible. It is hard to understand why radical
mechanisms are not mentioned when polar reaction mechanisms are treated well and in detail; this leads to the omission
of such elementary topics as the radical chain reactions in
aliphatic substitution and autoxidation. Short-lived and
stable radicals are not described. In the chapter on P-dicarbonyl compounds chelate formation is not mentioned in
relation to enolization; complex formation is neglected in
this connection and in connection with cr-amino acids. It is
surprising that the Ruggli-Ziegler dilution principle is not
mentioned in treatment of macrocyclic compounds, nor is
the special position of medium-sized rings. In the chapter
on lactones the special behavior of y-lactones is not noted.
And the conformation of the ester group is not reported.
In spite of these isolated failings, the book as a whole is a
success. In particular it will provide a stimulus for revision
of the teaching of organic chemistry in German universities.
H . Stetter [NB 836 IE]
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