First Stage Inorganic Chemistry

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    IT is too often forgotten, when criticising text-books written to follow the lines laid down in syllabuses, that the books are not so much to be blamed as the syllabuses. For convenience, it is considered necessary to state the subjects of which a student who presents himself for examination will be expected to know something. The textbook is then produced, in order that the student shall be able to acquire the knowledge in as easy a way as possible. If the syllabus is badly arranged, the text-book designed to meet it will be a bad one; but if the subjects in it are placed in an educational sequence, the text-book will partake of that good quality. Probably no one is better able to judge whether a syllabus hangs together properly or not, than a competent scientific writer who tries to build a book upon it.

    First Stage Inorganic Chemistry.

    G. H. Bailey D.Sc., Ph.D. William Briggs Pp. 210. (London: W. B. Clive, 1897.)

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