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Nature volume 142, page 661 (08 October 1938) | Download Citation



FIRST published in 1934 (see NATURE, 135, 978 ; 1935), this extremely useful handbook has now proceeded to a second and enlarged edition, containing nearly 1,800 pages of valuable and easily accessible information. Many of the tables have been revised while, in addition, there are sixteen new ones, the majority of which deal with the refractive indexes of solids and liquids. Another useful addition, and one which will prove of considerable aid in the identification of organic compounds, is the listing of the melting points of such compounds in order of ascending values. There has also been introduced a section on the numbering of ring systems.

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