THIS book is lineal successor in a series of famous books dealing with structural chemistry from a physical point of view, the first of the line being G. N. Lewis's “Valence and the Structure of Atoms and Molecules”. The first edition of Prof. Pauling's work was published two years ago. Its well–merited popularity led to the exhaustion of the first edition, and a second has now been prepared. This preserves practically the whole of the text of the original edition, but is improved and brought up to date by the inclusion of a further 20 pages, devoted mainly to the discussion of structures which have been studied by quantitative methods since the earlier edition was prepared for press. To a subsidiary extent the new matter consists of various expansions of the theoretical argument of the original work. The molecules of which the structures are discussed for the first time include the Mo(CN)8'''' ion, which has the remarkable form of a triangle–faced dodecahedron, and cis–azobenzene; the new crystal structures include silicon disulphide and molybdenite.
The Nature of the Chemical Bond and the Structure of Molecules and Crystals
An Introduction to Modern Structural Chemistry. By Prof. Linus Pauling. (The George Fisher Baker Non–resident Lectureship in Chemistry at Cornell University.) Second edition. Pp. xvi + 450. (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1940.) 28s. net.
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The Nature of the Chemical Bond and the Structure of Molecules and Crystals. Nature 148, 677 (1941). https://doi.org/10.1038/148677c0