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Contemporary Chemistry: a Survey of the Present State, Methods, and Tendencies of Chemical Science

Nature volume 88, page 410 (25 January 1912) | Download Citation



IF the author of this book had been content to give it a more modest title, the task of the reviewer would have been a pleasanter one. Mr. Fournier d'Albe undoubtedly possesses a gift of expression, and his breezy style is attractive and interesting. Moreover, due praise must be given to him for his effort to popularise the fascinating phases of modern chemistry. Yet it is just here where the difficulty comes in. If the present book is intended for the general reader, the author's semi-journalistic “lightning sketches” assume too much, and are too lacking in coherence, to convey any definite impression. On the other hand, the serious student of chemistry will find the author's fare, if appetising, rather scrappy and unsatisfying.

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