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“Systematic Organic Chemistry”

Nature volume 113, page 713 (17 May 1924) | Download Citation



I AM content to let those competent to judge decide whether my strictures on Messrs. Cumming, Hopper, and Wheeler's book were justified, and I do not think it would serve any useful purpose to deal with the authors' reply in detail in the columns of NATURE. My own view is that the work has not been compiled with sufficient care to be suitable for undergraduates' use, and I tried to express this opinion in my review. Apart from cardinal errors, statements are made which are incorrect without considerable qualification; such may not deceive the experienced, but are particularly dangerous to the beginner. I quoted some of the errors together with a few typographical mistakes; these were sufficient to justify my contention, though others could be cited.

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