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The Chemical Elements and their Compounds. 2 Vols.

SIDGWICK, N[evil]. V[incent]. (1873-1952):

Published by Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950., 1950
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First Edition. xxxii, 853, [1] pp; figs.; vi, 855-1,703, [1] pp; figs. Original cloth. A Near Fine set, with a worn dust jacket on Vol. II. '[In 1933] Sidgwick then began writing Volume II of his Electronic Theory of Valency [1927]. Curiously, the hardships created by World War II may have helped Sidgwick to complete this task, the size of which became clearer and more daunting as he proceeded. The limitations on travel meant fewer outside demands on his time; and still more important was the diminution in the world output of primary publications. He consulted 10,000 papers, mostly on his own but also with help from H. M. Powell and R. V. G. Ewens. Eventually, in 1950 when he was seventy-seven, the work appeared as Chemical Elements and Their Compounds, two large volumes of about 750,000 words. While it did not have the impact of volume I, it was still a landmark in the development of chemistry. Once again he had brought unification, this time to an even vaster body of fact. His clear critical mind and easy style illuminate every word. Although the book has become dated it still is a prime source of earlier references. . Today it is impossible for a large book about descriptive chemistry to remain in date for more than a few years after it is started; and no satisfactory technique for dealing with this situation has yet been devised. What is certain is that no one man can ever again attempt such a task with any hope of being effective; thus Sidgwick may be regarded as the last of a line. He showed shrewdness, or had luck, in applying his talents when they were particularly useful in the development of chemistry' (D.S.B. XII: 419-20). Bookseller Inventory # D00542

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Title: The Chemical Elements and their Compounds. 2...

Publisher: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950.

Publication Date: 1950

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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