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(1) What Industry Owes to Chemical Science (2) Some Problems of Modern Industry: Being the Watt University Lecture for 1918

Nature volume 101, page 222 (23 May 1918) | Download Citation



(1) IF British trade is to hold its own in face of the acute competition which is to be expected, great alterations must be effected, and these two books point out some directions in which improvements may be made. Messrs. Pilcher and Butler-Jones's handbook is a capital resume of the improvements made in metallurgy and in the manufacture of dyes, explosives, glass, pottery, and many other commodities by the application of scientific research. It is very readable, and gives in a handy form anr accurate and interesting account of the growth and results of industrial chemistry. It shows how much we owe to British and French chemists, and avoids a common mistake which gives the main credit in this matter to Germany. It is the most compact and convenient history of industrial, chemistry which we have come across. As a rule, the authors have kept to general principles, and this is wise, because the book is not intended for experts in each particular trade, but for the public as a whole, and because no one or two men can write on the various industries concerned with first-hand knowledge of all, but must depend on other books for a large part of the information.

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