Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry, by E. A. V. Ebsworth, D. W. H. Rankin and S. Cradock, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1987, pp. 456, price $29.50 (cloth), 613.50 (paperback). Thirty-five years ago, a research worker faced with a structural problem was in a weak position. Today, the task is much simpler since one can use a whole range of physical techniques. It is absolutely essential that modern chemists know about these techniques and that they understand the underlying principles. This book, intended for senior undergraduate and research students, describes in a first rate manner the large range of physical and structural techniques currently available in well equipped laboratories. A sufficiently broad view, uncluttered by detail, is provided for NMR, ESR, NQR, rotational and vibrational spectroscopy, electronic and photoelectron spectroscopy, Mossbauer spectroscopy, diffraction methods and mass spectrometry. Sufficient information is given to enable the reader to interpret experimental data and copious references are given to more detailed treatments. In addition to these technique orientated chapters, a valuable appendix is given which contains a description of group theory. The final chapter is a magnificient addition to the art of teaching. It consists of discussions of specific structural problems involving a number of the individual techniques previously described. In this way, it becomes clear to the reader why it is essential to use more than one method in order to increase the value of the structural determination. At the end of each chapter are given imaginative problems as well as some of the answers and comments concerning the solutions. As the title indicates, this book is aimed at inorganic chemists. Its value, however, is much wider since the same techniques are widely used in the field of organic chemistry and so it can be confidently predicted that all chemists interested in structural problems will benefit greatly from reading this excellent book. W. J. O-T.
Spectroscopic Properties of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds, Specialist Periodical Report, Vol. 18, Senior Reporters G. Davidson and E. A. V. Ebsworth, Royal Society of Chemistry, London, 1985, pp xiv + 466, price $95.00. This is the first volume of the well known Specialist Periodical Report series to be published as camera-ready copy. The reproduction quality is excellent throughout, although the small type used for references in some articles is not as legible as one would like. The eight chapters by the same reporters as the two previous volumes cover the whole area of spectroscopies of interest to readers of this journal: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (183 pp.), Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (18 pp.), Rotational Spectroscopy (17 pp.),