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Nature volume 145, page 137 (27 January 1940) | Download Citation



THE preface states that this, the first of two volumes, deals with general principles, the second volume being planned to be a guide to modern methods of gravimetric electroanalysis. The present volume provides a clear and sound introduction to electrochemistry and covers all the theoretical matters which will arise in the practical part, some of which are not very well explained in other books. The section on transport numbers is good and the concentration changes at electrodes dealt with in Chapter vii are clearly explained. The modern theory of electrolytes is briefly yet adequately dealt with, but it is unfortunate that both the equations given on p. 64 are incorrectly printed. Some expressions are peculiar; for example, on p. 57 the 'valency of a reaction' is mentioned, and the system of numbering of the equations is sometimes rather puzzling. The book will be particularly useful to analysts who have to use the electroanalytical methods and have not kept up to date in electrochemical theory, whilst all students will welcome the concise and clear way in which the principles of the subject are discussed.

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