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The Scientific Principles of Petroleum Technology


    A FURTHER addition to petroleum literature is at the present time almost a challenge to criticism, in view of the voluminous writings extant on every possible branch of the subject; only flagrant heresy and iconoclasm, a brand-new theory of origin, for example, would seem to justify a new text. Though this book claims neither excuse, it is acceptable for three good reasons: that it has been an authoritative German text since 1912, revised in 1924, and now admirably renovated for the benefit of English readers by its translator, Mr. Harold Moore; that it presents the European and not the American viewpoint; and that it is less concerned with commercial oil-refining than with the scientific principles on which that industry thrives. The author holds high academic office at the University of Baku and, as might be anticipated, his writing is coloured with experiences of Russian petroleum and biassed to the work of European colleagues, truly a refreshing departure ofrom recent tendencies.

    The Scientific Principles of Petroleum Technology.

    By Prof. Dr. Lee Gurwitsh. Translated and revised by Harold Moore. Pp. xvi + 470 + 8 plates. (London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1926.) 25s. net.

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