Recent Advances in Organic Chemistry


THE growing mass of research in pure and applied chemistry has created a demand for some kind of periodical summary which will afford the non-specialist an opportunity of following the varied phases of development of the science without wading through the original literature. This demand is being met by the annual reports of the Chemical Society and the Society of Chemical Industry, and to a more limited extent by Science Progress, by the “Smithsonian Reports,” and by the journal of the Royal Society of Arts. The volume under review stands in a somewhat different category, for it takes in its successive chapters the character of a general résumé, a students' text-book, a critical essay, and a speculative forecast. Such varied treatment has many advantages for both author and reader. For the latter, severe mental application is not demanded, and the matter is sufficiently varied to be stimulating without being wearisome; for the former, free play is permitted to his and other people's imagination without the controlling fetters of unbiassed fact.

Recent Advances in Organic Chemistry.

By Dr. A. W. Stewart. With an introduction by Prof. J. N. Collie. Third edition. Pp. xx + 350. (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1918.) Price 14s. net.

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C., J. Recent Advances in Organic Chemistry . Nature 102, 484–485 (1919).

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