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Nature volume 127, page 401 (14 March 1931) | Download Citation



THE high standard of all the volumes of Abegg's “Handbuch” is too well known to require comment, and it is only necessary to announce that a further volume has appeared in which the description of the elements is carried into the eighth group. The rapid progress towards completion under the editorship of Dr. Koppel is to be especially praised, and the way in which he has maintained the character of the work deserves the highest commendation. Unlike some other comprehensive works on inorganic chemistry, ‘Abegg’ has always been characterised by a maturity of exposition and a critical treatment of the material which shows clearly that the contributors have not been content merely in amassing abstracts. The present volume, which deals with compounds of iron, covers the field in a way which leaves nothing to be desired. It will be invaluable to all chemists. As in previous volumes, emphasis is laid on the physico-chemical aspects of the substances, but not to the neglect of descriptive chemistry. The complex iron cyanides and colloid systems are to be dealt with in another volume.

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