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Nature volume 135, page 208 (09 February 1935) | Download Citation



THIS volume, published without preface, but dedicated to the authors' mother and grandmother, appears from the wrapper to have been written for the “layman“or “non-chemical specialist”. It is there referred to as an introduction, in which the facts of physical chemistry are described in simple language which anyone can understand. A perusal of the text gives the impression that the authors have attended a recent course of up-to-date lectures on physical chemistry, in connexion with which some modern textbooks were recommended for supplementary reading, and that they have then written up their lecture notes in twenty-seven chapters, in the optimistic expectation that lay readers will possess the same grounding in chemistry and physics as the authors had when they began the course, and will therefore be able to follow their summaries of the subjects thus selected. The impression that the authors are relying on second-hand information, and have not gone back to original sources for the material used in constructing the book, is also suggested by the diagrams which illustrate the text, since these are almost all ‘blackboard sketches'. On the other hand, seven plates, mainly of spectra, are admirably reproduced.

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