IN hybrid terms for investigations involving the experimental examination or the theoretical consideration of particular physical properties of substances, the words 'chemical' or 'chemistry' are often used where they serve no useful delimiting or other purpose. The author of this book possibly feels the difficulty, and gives an explicit definition of magneto-chemistry as "the application of magnetic susceptibilities and of closely related quantities to the solution of chemical problems". This, however, is not a severe limitation, for any problem of structure, whether atomic, molecular, or crystalline, which arises in the consideration of the experimental results, may be regarded as a chemical problem; and in fact the subject-matter of the book is virtually the entire range of results for susceptibilities, and their interpretation.


By Prof. Pierce W. Selwood. Pp. ix + 287. (New York: Interscience Publishers, Inc.; London: Imperia Book Co., 1943.) 5 dollars.

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STONER, E. Magnetochemistry. Nature 154, 254–255 (1944) doi:10.1038/154254a0

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