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Nature volume 127, pages 365366 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation

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THE great success of Prof. Holleman's text-book, of which thirty-seven thousand copies have been issued in all and in nine languages, is certainly in part due to the point of view which the author expresses in the preface to the present edition. “So long as there is a public to buy it,” he says, “a novel can be reprinted unchanged? but even with an interval of only a few years between successive issues, each new edition of a text-book of chemistry needs not only careful revision, but also the rewriting of some of its chapters.” Prof. Holleman has taken into account the recent advances in the subject, including the constitution of the dioses, enzymes, and particularly the applications of physical chemistry to organic chemistry—a feature which has always been noteworthy in previous editions. More attention is given to fundamentals than in most text-books, and in its present form the book is by far the best treatise for students which is available. Its use will make the subject interesting and provide a stimulus for further study.

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