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Book Review Rmpps Chemie-Lexikon (Rmpp's Chemical Dictionary). Vol. 6 TЧZ. By O.-A. Neumller

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what method of identification or quantitative determination
will be most useful in a given case. The number of important
cross references could be increased; in the case of hypnotics,
for example, there is no reference to benzodiazepines.
The clearly tabulated information about the drugs provides
an unusual wealth of individual data. These range from the
formula, name, salts, molecular weight, identification reactions,
UV spectra, and solubilities to chromatographic behavior
and possible methods of quantitative determination. In these
tables the methods of chromatography (qualitative and quantitative TLC, GC, HPLC) are treated in special detail, in line
with their importance.
Welcome too are the numerous indications of possible
sources of error, e.g. the warning that identical Rf values
of a sample and a reference substance do not constitute proof
of identity.
The book leaves no room for criticism as regards its scope
or its topicality. Its value in the future depends on how rapidly
it can be updated in later editions to reflect the steadily
changing range of products on the market. Already some
of the materials included (e.g . Aminorex and Iproniazid) are
no longer manufactured.
Supported by 2000 references to the literature, the work
is a “Handbook” in the true sense. In spite of the high price
it can be recommended without any reservations as a reference
work in analytical laboratories and for supplementing the
practical exercises in the study of pharmaceutical analysis.
Norbert Kreutzkamp
[NB 392 IE]
Thermochemical Kinetics. Methods for the Estimation of Thermochemical Data and Rate Parameters. By S. W. Benson,
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York 1976. 2nd edit., xi,
320 pp., 15 figs., bound, $ 28.50.
This is a considerably expanded second edition of the very
condensed collection, first published in 1968, of formulas and
approximation methods for estimating essential thermodynamic data and kinetic parameters for reactions taking place
in the gaseous state.
In the intervening years the monograph has earned a place
as a standard work. Its particular value lies mainly in the
numerous and logically arranged examples of calculations
and in the large number of numerical examples reproduced
in the text and in a special Appendix.
In the new version the material of the second chapter
(Methods for the Estimation of Thermochemical Data) is
expanded into six new sections which deal with the compensation effect and with radicals. As reworked, the third chapter
is devoted solely to unimolecular reactions, and a new section
on the Arrhenius parameters for bimolecular and termolecular
reactions has been added.
Chapter 5 (Analysis of Complex Reaction Systems) has
been extended by a further section (Steady-State Hypothesis);
in an Appendix there is a new table of ionic and atomic
polarizabilities. With these additions the book constitutes a
very useful source of information to all chemists who have
to consider the thermal and kinetic parameters of gas reactions
in their work.
The author has taken the trouble to work the large number
of new experimental results in the field into his second edition.
As an experienced practical chemist he has decided, for the
time being, to retain the calorie as the unit of energy and
to limit the recalculations into SI units to a brief indication.
This will make it much easier for the user to evaluate the
data in the literature.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 16 (1977) No. 12
The book is well produced. Its importance is such that,
in spite of its price, it deserves the wider availability that
would follow from a German translation.
Theodor Ackermann [NB 387 IE]
Rompps Chemie-Lexikon(Rompp’sChemical Dictionary). Vol.
6: T-Z. By 0 . - A .Neumiiller. Franckh’sche Verlagshandlung
W. Keller & Co., Stuttgart 1977. 7th edit., 660 pp., +16
pp. Appendix, 135 figs., bound, DM 160.--.
The present volume 6 of this lexicon. which begins with
0 and ends with zyto, completes the 7th edition. The author
took a full five years to work through the 30000 key words,
and it paid off. Right up to the last volume one can sense
the editor’s effort to bring the keywords into line with the
most recent state of the art (it is by no means uncommon
to find references from 1976). Many keywords appear for
the first time; some such are transition state, overvoltage,
twistane, trifluoromethanesulfonic acid, and triforine. Depending on its specific importance, text that has grown too large
has been pruned to a sensible length, other parts have been
adjusted to the state of the science. The transition elements
are now given 3.5 columns, whereas previously 9 lines were
considered sufficient.The contribution on ultrasound has been
considerably expanded, as also has been the one on vinyl
chloride that recently came into the news. Where useful, structural formulas have been added (e.g. for Xylenol Blue).
Remarkable also are the changes among industrial products:
many new names appear and many have vanished. The tabular
review of the sources of vitamins is very clear.
The last volume contains additionally an Index Appendix.
This consists of a formula index by the Hill method and
an index of English and French expressions with their German
equivalents, the French part being distinctly slimmer than
the English with its ca. 8000 terms.
There is much evidence of the meticulous care taken by
the author, the collaborators, and the publisher in this production. One would only like to know that these praiseworthy
efforts have proved worthwhile, and the publisher and the
author can only learn this if as many colleagues as possible
use Rompp, collect suggestions for the next edition, and do
not forget to send them to the publisher. In such a rapidly
changing field as chemistry this must be considered well in
Christian Weiske [NB 390 IE]
Rare Gas Solids, Vol. 11. Edited by M . L. Klein and J . A .
Venables. Academic Press, London 1977. xi, 610-1252 pp.,
bound, i 26.00.-ISBN 0-12-413502-1
Contemporary Quantum Chemistry. An Introduction. By J .
Goodisman. Plenum Press, New York 1977. x, 375 pp., bound,
$ 39.00.--ISBN 0-306-30947-5
DIN Deutsches Institut fur Normung e. V.: English Translations
of German Standards 1977. List Including the Announcement of December 1976 in “DIN-Mitteilungen”. Beuth Verlag GmbH, Berlin 1977. 200 pp., paper.
Rechenmethoden und ihre Anwendung in Physik und Chemie.
By H . Horuath. Vol. 78 of “BI Hochschultaschenbucher”.
Bibliographisches Institut, Mannheim 1977. 142 pp., paper,
DM 9.90.PISBN 3-41 1-00078-3
Steroidhormone. Biosynthese, Stoffwechsel, Wirkung. By t.
Trager. Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1977. vii, 349 pp., bound,
DM 58.-.-ISBN
VDI-Berichte Nr. 290: Verfahrenstechnik 1976. Lectures at
Annual Conference in Dusseldorf. VDI-Verlag, Dusseldorf
1977. 561 pp., paper, DM 198.-.--ISBN
Organometallic Chemistry Reviews; Annual Surveys: SiliconTin-Lead. Edited by D. Seyferth and R. B. King. Journal
of Organometallic Chemistry Library 4. Elsevier Scientific
Publishing Company, Amsterdam 1977. 547 pp., bound,
Dfl. 134.00.-ISBN 0-444-41591-2
The Prostaglandins, Vol. 3. Edited by P. W Ramwell. Plenum
Press, New York 1977. xii, 359 pp., bound, $ 47.40.-ISBN
Hard and Soft Acids and Bases. By Ee-Lok Ho. Academic
Press, New York 1977. xii, 209 pp., bound, $ 19.50.-ISBN
Chemistry of Natural Protein Fibers. Edited by R. S. Asquith.
John Wiley & Sons, London 1977. xx, 417 pp., bound,
f 20.00.-ISBN 0-471-99518-5
Developments in Food Carbohydrate-1. Edited by G. G. Birch
and R. S. Shallenberger. Applied Science Publishers Ltd.,
London 1977. x, 189 pp., bound, $ 25.00.-ISBN 0-85334733-6
Electron Spectroscopy: Theory, Techniques and Applications,
Vol. 1. Edited by C . R. Brundle and A. D. Banker. Academic
Press, London 1977. xv, 459 pp., bound f 24.00.-ISBN
Der feste Zustand. Eine Einfuhrung in die Festkorperchemie
anhand sieben ausgewahlter Beispiele. Fur Studenten der
Chemie und der Physik. By W J . Moore. From the series
“uni-text”. Vieweg, Braunschweig 1977. viii, 164 pp., paper,
DM 22.80.--ISBN 3-528-03026-7
The Chemistry of Pyrroles. By R. A. Jones and G. P. Bean.
Vol. 34 of the series “Organic Chemistry”. Edited by A .
7:Blomyuist and H. H. Wasserman.Academic Press, London
1977. ix, 525 pp., bound, f 21.00.-ISBN 0-12-389840-4
Oxides and Oxide Films, Vol. 5. Edited by A . K . Vijh. From
the series “The Anodic Behavior of Metals and Semiconductors”. Edited by A. K . Vijh. Marcel Dekker, New York
1977. xi, 184 pp., bound, SFr. 84.-.-ISBN
Physik fiir Naturwissenschaftler 11. Elektrizitat und Magnetismus, Optik. By H. Nmert. Vol. 728 of “BI Hochschultaschenbucher”. Bibliographisches Institut, Mannheim 1977.
pp. 179-373, paper, DM 12.80.-ISBN 3-411-00728-1
The following corrections should be made to the article
“Heinrich Wieland Centennial: His Lifework and His Legacy
Today” by B. Witkop, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 16, 559
1) Leipelt’s middle name was not Curl but Konrad.
2) Leipelt wasnot hanged but beheaded. Hanging as carried out
under the Nazi Regime was a particularly slow and painful
method of execution, reserved for only the “worst offenders”.
3) Leipelt had hardly anycontact with Kurt Huber. Nor is
he known to have had contact with Frau Huber, apart
from attempting to collect money for her. No further
information is to be found in Clara Huber’s publication
cited in
4) The trial was not a mock trial but a normal, essentially
open trial.
5 ) The President of the Court was not Fwisler but “Volksgerichtsrat” Diescher, who conducted the proceedings in
a more or less civilized way.
6) Wieland did not exchange a handclaps with Leipelt.
That was impossible in the courtroom. He was only
able, while the court was being held in camera, to shake
hands with the accused not involved in that part of the
case. This he did insofar as they were members of his
We are grateful to Professor Vulentin Freise for pointing
out these errors.
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