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Author(s): Floyd Dunn
Review by: Floyd Dunn
Source: American Scientist, Vol. 48, No. 4 (DECEMBER 1960), p. 400A
Published by: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
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preparation techniques. Another on scopic theory. Aside from the usual
Electrode Effects examines the princi topics such as electrostatics, magnetic
ples and problems of metal-photocon properties ofmatter, ac and dc circuits,
ductor contacts. Subsequent chapter and Maxwell's equations, the book also
headings on Imperfection Photocon includes chapters dealing with the
ductivity, Energy Bands and Excitation microscopic theory of dielectrics and
Transitions, Free-carrier Scattering and magnetism, plasma physics, and electro

Mobility, Traps and Trapping Effects, dynamics. The authors provide a sub
Recombination Processes, and Theoreti stantial number of problems to be
cal Viewpoints on Photoconductivity worked by the student (some quite
indicate the book's general organiza challenging) with answers given to
tion. The pertinent characteristics of approximately one-half of them. The

specific photoconducting materials are charge-rationalized MKS system of


presented and compared within the units is used throughout.
subdivisions of each chapter. A final While the book is not written in the
chapter summarizes a number of topics most elegant fashion, it is lucid and
which are closely related to photo quite readable. One is greatly impressed
conductivity, e.g., photovoltaic and by the design and quality of the figures,
photodielectric effects. An appendix which should greatly aid the student.?
briefly surveys some applications. There Floyd Dunn
is an extensive reference list and a useful
index. Modem Coordination Chemistry:Princi
The author has produced a book of ples and Methods, edited by J. Lewis
considerable value to technical and R. G. Wilkins; 487 pages;
people
with either career or casual interest in $12.50; Interscience Publishers, Inc.,
1960.
photoconductivity?Richard E. Hoisted
With the possible exception ofAlfred
Werner and Niels Bjerrum, chemists
Foundations of Electromagnetic Theory
before the 1940's rarelyapplied physical
by John R. Reitz and F. J.Milford;
methods to the solution of problems in
387 pages; $8.75; Addison-Wesley
coordination chemistry.As a result of
Publishing Co., 1960.
rapid expansion in this field, especially
This book is written as an inter since World War II, no adequate ac
mediate text on electromagnetism and count of these physicochemical tech
can be recommended for use by ad niques appears in one place in the lit
vanced undergraduate students in phys erature. This book is designed to fill the
ics and electrical engineering. The gap. The six chapters, each devoted to
authors assume the student to have been an area in which major advances have
introduced to vector recently occurred, are :Thermodynamics
previously analy
sis, to have some familiarity with Ion Complex Formation in
of Metal
boundary value problems and to have Solution; Reaction Rates of Transi
encountered the more important dif tional Metal Complexes; Isomerism of
ferential equations of physics. While Complex Compounds; Visible and Ultra
these prerequisitesmay be too great for Violet Spectra of Complex Compounds;
some . there are many for Infra-Red Spectra ofTransitional Metal
students,
whom training in mathematics has Complexes; and Magnetochemistry of
occurred at a faster rate than that in Complex Compounds.
physics. Such students can profitably Each contributor has discussed his
avail themselves of this text. topic from three points of view-?theory,
The fieldof electricity and magnetism experimental techniques, and recent
is developed from the point of view of advances. Inclusion of historical reviews
the basic experimental laws, using a full and discussions of trends, developments,
vector treatment, and with only few and currentproblems gives the reader a
proofs referred to more advanced sense of perspective. The breadth of
treatises. Elementary atomic concepts coverage is wider than Basolo and Pear
are freely used in developing macro son's "Mechanisms of Inorganic Reac
400A

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