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Annual Reports on the Progress of Chemistry for 1934

Naturevolume 135page938 (1935) | Download Citation



MUCH fundamental work is summarised in the Chemical Society's Annual Reports for 1934. Mr. R. P. Bell gives an account of the heavy isotope of hydrogen. ‘Heavy water’, or deuterium oxide, is in fact now an article of commerce, being separated by an electrolytic method. Dr. L. A. Woodward's section on the Raman effect gives a connected account of some of its applications; Dr. N. V. Sidgwick discusses the theory of resonance and the co-ordination of hydrogen, and presents a short statement on heats of formation in homologous series; Mr. E. J. Bowen contributes a review of work in chemical kinetics; Mr. Bell is responsible for sections dealing with electrolytes, kinetic salt effects, and acids and bases; whilst Dr. H. W. Thompson refers to the emission of electrons in chemical change, to certain spectroscopic considerations, to nuclear moments, to the structure of liquids, to optical activity, to valency and the structure of molecules, to supersonic waves, and to optical phenomena and energy transfers. Prof. R. Whytlaw-Gray gives an account of atomic weight work; Dr. W. Wardlaw of metallic carbonyl and nitrosyl compounds, of molecular structures, and of some of the rarer metals; Dr. E. S. Hedges discusses the corrosion of metals. The report on aliphatic organic chemistry is presented by Dr. H. D. K. Drew, Dr. R. S. Morrell, Dr. E. L. Hirst and Dr. S. Peat; Dr. G. A. R. Kon and Dr. TVG. Pearson are responsible for that on the homocyclic division, and Dr. E. E. Turner for that on the heterocyclic division. Analytical chemistry, is in the charge of Mr. B. A. Ellis, Dr. J. J. Fox, Dr. S. Glasstone and Mrs. J. W. Matthews. Dr. C. P. Stewart and Mr. A. G. Pollard present an account of advances in biochemistry, whilst Dr. N. Feather discusses radioactivity and subatomic phenomena. These reports are universally valued by chemists and others who wish to keep abreast of modern developments in the subject.

Annual Reports on the Progress of Chemistry for 1934.

Vol. 31. Pp. 442. (London: Chemical Society, 1935.) 10s. 6d.

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