Modern Rubber Chemistry The Water-Soluble Gums

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    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.

    Modern Rubber Chemistry

    By Dr. Harry Barron. Second edition. Pp. viii + 502. (London: Hutchinson‘s Scientific and Technical Publications, 1947.) 36s. net.

    The Water-Soluble Gums

    By Dr. C. L. Mantell. Pp. v + 279. (New York: Reinhold Publishing Corporation; London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1947.) 36s. net.

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    Modern Rubber Chemistry The Water-Soluble Gums. Nature 162, 128 (1948) doi:10.1038/162128a0

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