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About Petroleum

Nature volume 142, page 595 (01 October 1938) | Download Citation



THERE are a great many people who use petroleum in some form or other every day of their lives without really knowing anything about it. Some of them from time to time are actuated by the desire to find out what it is and where it comes from. Unfortunately, however, petroleum is such a complicated substance, both chemically and physically, that the normal run of text-books is comprehensible only to those who have specialized knowledge of the subject. Mr. J. G. Crowther in his book anticipates questions that must arise in the minds of motor drivers, business men, housewives and others in the course of their daily duties, and endeavours to give simple answers to these. The result is that within the confines of a slim volume information is given in a form palatable to the non-scientific mind on all major aspects of petroleum technology. The text is amplified by means of carefully selected photographs and easily interpreted diagrams. Moreover, there is an exhaustive index which facilitates easy reference to the vast number of facts which have been used as a basis of this work. There is little doubt that the author's aim will be achieved and that this book will serve as an excellent primer to more comprehensive treatises on petroleum.

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