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Qualitative Chemical Analysis Practical Inorganic Chemistry for Advanced Students Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

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THE first of the above books appears as one of the well-known series of “Manuals for Students.” The tradition of these books is that they are not primarily written for a syllabus, but rather that an author has here an opportunity of developing his own ideas, and pro ducing a book which has individuality. We turn, therefore, with considerable interest to this addition to an already abundant literature to see how far the author has contributed anything new or valuable to analytical teaching. As far as we can gather, the great defect which Mr. Chapman Jones believes to attend the study of analysis is that the student's mind is apt to get filled with a knowledge of isolated reactions, whilst really “the use of such exercises, as are given in the laboratory, is to the would-be chemist exactly what the practising of exercises and scales is to the young musician. The aim is not merely to perform the exercise, but to do it in such a manner that it shall be practice in a thoroughly sound method of work.”

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