Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd edition

Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd edition

Journal of Molecular Structure, 269 (1992) 315-317 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam 375 Book Reviews Advances in Chemical Physics, Volume...

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Journal of Molecular Structure, 269 (1992) 315-317 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam

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Book Reviews Advances in Chemical Physics, Volume LXXX, edited by I. Prigogine and S.A. Rice; Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1991, pp. ix + 489, price 3332.00. As in most of the previous volumes in this series, there are a number of disparate contributions - Collective Orientational Relaxation in Dense Dipolar Liquids (B. Bagchi and A. Char&a), Mechanistic Classification of Chemical Oscillators and the Role of Species (M. Eiswirth, A. Freud and J. Ross), Complex Scaling and Dynamical Processes in Amorphous Condensed Matter (C.A. Chatziclimitriou-Dreismann), Chemical Kinetics of Flue Gas Cleaning by Irradiation with Electrons (H. Mgtzing), and a Theoretical Study of Origins of Resonance Raman and Resonance Fluorescence using a Split-up of the Emission Correlation Function (H. Kono, Y. Nomura and Y. Fujimura). There are overall author and subject indexes and, as usual, the standard of production is high. A.J.B. Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd edition, by E.A.V. Ebsworth, D.W.H. Rankin and S. Cradock; Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, 1991, pp. xiv + 510, price 3X7.95 (paperback). This book, intended for senior undergraduates and those starting research in inorganic chemistry, gives a broad view of the enormous range of physical and structural techniques now available, and what they can and cannot reveal. An important feature of the book is the chapter of case histories, comprising discussions of specific structural problems, bringing together the various techniques described in detail earlier in the book. This new edition has been revised and updated in a number of ways - the sections on solid state NMR and the interpretation of electronic spectra of transition metal complexes have been expanded (while that on rotational spectroscopy has been somewhat reduced), a series of worked examples have been added throughout the text, and several new case histories have been added to the final chapter. Also, the problems at the end of each chapter (except the first) have been largely replaced and many additional problems incorporated. The book remains a valuable guide to structural techniques and their applications in inorganic chemistry. A.J.B