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The Tutorial Chemistry Part 2, Metals and Physical Chemistry

Nature volume 110, page 663 (18 November 1922) | Download Citation



DR. BAILEY'S text-book, in its revised form, will continue to be useful to students. It gives a clear introductory course of physical chemistry and of the chemistry of the metals. A good feature is the inclusion of brief accounts of the so-called “rare metals,“ many of which are now technically important. Specific heats at low temperatures might have been mentioned, and we also miss any allusion to Werner's theory and the cyanide process for silver extraction. There are some criticisms which might be made. The definitions in connexion with the phase rule (§ 45) are not sufficiently precise. Stas's silver was not so pure as is implied (§ 281); the existence of MnO3 is doubtful; stannous oxide is olive coloured, not black; and the atomic weight of nitrogen is not a whole number within the limits of experimental error (§ 508).

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