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Modern Rubber Chemistry The Water-Soluble Gums

Nature volume 162, page 128 (24 July 1948) | Download Citation



In "Modern Rubber Chemistry"Dr. Barron covers an immense field, stretching his title to include such topics as fabric construction, mould design and physical testing. The author‘s intention of being understood will be largely achieved, but there are some repetitions and examples of careless writing. A more selective account of early work would permit a clearer treatment of the scientific principles underlying, for example, the structure of rubber and the theory of vulcanization. The work of Farmer and his co-workers on this latter topic is surprisingly omitted. The useful analogy of likening the process of polymerization to the joining of hands is weakened by an unnecessary reference to chain formation through secondary valencies. The work as a whole can, however, be recommended as a valuable text-book on the technology of rubber.

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