THE present volume is a companion to the author's book entitled “Recent Advances in Physical Chemistry.” The issue of two such books by the same author affords a fair gauge alike of their merits and of their demerits. At the present time, no one writer can possibly be a master of organic, of inorganic, and of physical chemistry, and the criticisms that are offered by the author cannot, therefore, be regarded as having more than a superficial value. On the other hand, the production of a second volume so soon after the publication of the first may be taken as evidence of a considerable popular demand, and shows at least that a book of this type was called for by a wide circle of readers. In the circumstances, it is to be regretted that the publishers did not follow out the plan they have adopted in their excellent “Text-books of Physical Chemistry” and in their “Monographs on Biochemistry” of securing a series of articles by authors who have themselves worked on the subjects which they discuss. A volume compiled on these lines would have been of real value and undoubted usefulness.
Recent Advances in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry.
Dr. A. W. Stewart. With an Introduction by Sir Wm. Ramsay, K.C.B., F.R.S. Pp. xiv + 267. (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1909.) Price 7s. 6d. net.