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Nature volume 127, page 366 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



IT is unnecessary to insist on the significance of this monograph from the point of view of the crystallographer. Under its somewhat uninviting title it does, however, also include much of interest to the chemist, the points of similarity and dissimilarity between the silicon-oxygen complexes which are of such importance in the inorganic world and the carbon chains and rings of organic compounds appearing clearly. Other matters of importance which are dealt with are the correct formulae for silicates—the atomic components should be expressed on the basis of a constant number of oxygen atoms characteristic of the type of structure—and Pauling?s ideas upon valence, with the not dissimilar rules for the build of structures which have been developed by W. L. Bragg and Goldschmidt. One feels after reading this book that it was a hopeless task to attempt to unravel crystal structure without the help afforded by X-rays, but that now full description of all crystals is likely to be accomplished in the not remote future.

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