OF late years there has been a marked dearth of works dealing with advanced organic chemistry in a manner suitable for students reading for an honours degree in chemistry. Part 3 of “Perkin and Kipping's Organic Chemistry” can be recommended with confidence to such students and also to research workers. It is a handy volume comprising some four hundred pages and yet not too bulky for an ordinary pocket. Its twenty-three chapters afford concise and up-to-date treatments of a surprisingly large number of subjects of current importance in organic chemistry, including physical properties, isomerism (four chapters) and isomeric change, carbohydrates (two chapters), terpenes and related groups (three chapters), carotenoids, anthocyanins, metallic ketyls, aromatic substitution, etc. The chapter on hetero-cyclic compounds (12 pp.) is limited to azoles, diazines and vitamin B. In this new edition the configurational formulae of the sugars (which gave rise to difficulties as expressed in the first edition) have been revised, and two new chapters have been added: one of these deals with the theory of resonance (12 pp.) and the other with sterols, bile acids and other steroids (21 pp.). The text and formulae are neatly printed, and there is a good index.
Perkin and Kipping's Organic Chemistry
By Prof. F. Stanley Kipping Dr. F. Barry Kipping. Part 3. Revised edition. Pp. viii + 615–1030. (London and Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers, Ltd., 1939.) 9s.