the National Research Council of Japan (Imperial Academy House, Ueno Park, Tokyo) publishes a series of journals or reports each of which deals with some branch of science. Of these, vol. 8 of the Japanese Journal of Engineering has recently reached us. This consists of a book of 90 pages containing abstracts of 313 papers read before various scientific and technical societies or contributed to periodicals in 1928. The abstracts are grouped under civil engineering, mechanical engineering, naval architecture, aeronautics, electrical engineering, mine engineering and metallurgy. Though the papers themselves are written in Japanese, the abstracts are in English and for the greater part have been written by the authors of the papers. In general, the subjects dealt with follow the lines of engineering research in other countries, and the volume shows that Japanese engineers have a keen appreciation of the value of original investigation.