by William Kemp, Macmillan, 1975, pp. xvii + 248, price $7.95 hardback, 3X.95 paperback.
This book is designed to aid practicing chemists in the application of spectroscopic techniques to the identification and analysis of organic compounds. On the whole it succeeds very well in accomplishing this aim. There are, of course, already several books which cater to this requirement and the value of a new book in this field inevitably depends to some extent on its relationship with its predecessors. In particular a comparison and analysis of the following main categories is required: spectral diagrams, tables and correlation charts, descriptive and explanatory text, coverage of modem techniques not dealt with in earlier works and the index. The spectra and diagrams are in general good, particularly in the IR and NMR sections, where they are quantitative and representative_The number of spectra in the W and Mass Spectroscopy sections is adequate, though I should have liked to have seen a few more faithfully reproduced examples of the UV spectra. The IR correlation charts I found useful and packed with a lot more information than one usually finds in this type of chart. A similar NMR chart would have been useful. The descriptions of techniques and discussions of the many quite complicated spectroscopic processes which can occur are in general good. The treatment of proton NMR spectroscopy is well written and should be helpful to chemists who need to be aware of its intricacies. The treatments afforded some of the more modern techniques such as Raman Spectroscopy, ESR, 13C-NMR, Circular Dichroism are, though adequate, perhaps a little terse. A few more actual spectra would make the book more complete. I would have liked to have seen discussions on the application of *3C-NMR relaxation techniques, Fourier Transform Far IR and Electron Diffraction Techniques also. The index is very good and seems quite complete. I found it quite easy to find my way around the book. The references were a little too nontheoretical for my particular taste and a few more to assist the student towards an understanding of the origin of the quantitative theories and formulae used would have been helpful. Overall the book makes a good impression and the fact that it is up to date makes it a front runner in its field. In its paperback version at f2.95 it seems good value for money. H. W. K.