A Survey of American Chemistry


THIS compilation will afford actual assistance to chemists in so far—only so far—as its prearranged national limitations have been ignored by the authors of its thirty-four chapters. Summaries of the literature of chemistry are increasingly acceptable to the chemist, whether investigator, teacher, or student, provided that it may reasonably be supposed that relative scientific value is the only criterion of the consideration or rejection of subject matter. Moreover, the student of American history would obviously be better served if he could be provided with some means of ascertaining whether the numerous reports of investigations which are here admirably chronicled and discussed were as American, in origin as the name of the journal in which they appeared would indicate; if, too, he could gauge the extent of the lacuna represented by the publications of Americans in European journals. It will be obvious, also, that the granting of a patent is no guarantee that the work is indigenous.

A Survey of American Chemistry.

Vol. I.: July 1, 1925, to July 1, 1926, including Reports from Scientific Committees, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, National Research Council. Edited by William J. Hale, in co-operation with Clarence J. West. (Published for National Research Council.) Pp. 257. (New York: The Chemical Catalog Co., Inc., 1927.) 2 dollars.

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E., A. A Survey of American Chemistry . Nature 120, 186 (1927). https://doi.org/10.1038/120186a0

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