X-Ray Optics

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    THIS work fully maintains the standard that is now expected from this well-known series. The author has set himself well-defined limits, has stated these clearly in the preface, and has treated the subject-matter within these limits in a workmanlike fashion. It is unfortunate, therefore, that the main title of the book is deceptive, and that it has to be qualified by a sub-title ; a book on X-ray optics should have image formation as its main content ; but this subject is not dealt with at all in this book. The author justifies this omission on the grounds that crystal-structure determination is closer to chemistry than to physics. The reviewer does not agree with this ; the results are certainly of chemical interest, but the methods are essentially physical.

    X-Ray Optics

    The Diffraction of X-Rays by Finite and Imperfect Crystals. By A. J. C. Wilson . (Methuen's Monographs on Physical Subjects.) Pp. vii + 127. (London : Methuen and Co., Ltd., 1949.) 6s. net.

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    X-Ray Optics. Nature 163, 822 (1949) doi:10.1038/163822c0

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