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Designing with Web Standards (Voices That Matter)
Designing with Web Standards (Voices That Matter)
by Jeffrey Zeldman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little too much tub-thumping, 21 Sept. 2006
As an amateur website designer, who tries to stick to modern standard-based layout, I'm always keen to pick up tips from the pros. This book certainly helps with this, there are a lot of useful tricks and pointers to websites I might otherwise have missed.

Like other reviewers, I found that the earlier part of the book is overly concerned with the methods of 5 to 10 years ago. People buying the book will probably be sold on CSS-based layout (or at least standards as the method of choice) before they buy. So a much shorter case would suffice. There is an over-emphasis on older browsers as well: Netscape 4.x, IE/Win 4 and IE/Mac 5 get much too much space. Most people are targeting IE 6, Firefox Opera 8 and Safari today.

Overall, there is a lot to learn from this book. Be prepared to skip over the lecturing, though.


Chemistry of the Elements
Chemistry of the Elements
by N.N. Greenwood
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A great reference, 4 Mar. 2006
This book is a must when it comes to writing up any area involving inorganic chemistry. Probably not the best "single source" for undergraduates, but for graduate students and active researchers an essential tool. Famous, reads slightly like a list of data more than a textnbook, but that makes use as a reference work much easier. Highly recommended to serious chemists everwhere.


Purification of Laboratory Chemicals
Purification of Laboratory Chemicals
by Christina L. L. Chai
Edition: Paperback
Price: £85.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continues to provide vital information, 26 Dec. 2005
As a practising lab chemicst, "Armarego and Perrin" has always been a vital tool. Despite the sad loss of D.D. Perrin, this reference work contiues to impress and improve. Particularly welcome additions are the summary purifications for common solvents - they save reading a lot of complex information!
A must for every synthetic lab.


Crystal Structure Determination (Oxford Chemistry Primers)
Crystal Structure Determination (Oxford Chemistry Primers)
by William Clegg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All in good order!, 4 Mar. 2004
A good genera; introduction to crystallogrpahy, much of the information from a "hands on" point of view. The maths is kept to a minimum, and it is obvious that the author (an expert in the field) is keen to pass on useful advice. Highly recommended.


Systematic Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry: A Directory to Comprehension and Application of its Basic Principles
Systematic Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry: A Directory to Comprehension and Application of its Basic Principles
by D. Hellwinkel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All in the Name, 7 Dec. 2002
Naming compounds is an area full of difficulty, with choices to be made between traditional, semi-systematic and systematic nomenclature for almost all molecules. Hellwinkel's "Systematic Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry" is the latest attempt to provide guidance in this area. Rather than simply set out the rules (as laid down by the IUPAC and Chem. Abs.), he gives useful examples and guidance throughout. Indeed, in places he is "ahead of the game", pointing out potential improvements in current practise. He is also prepared to critise both Chem. Abs. and the IUPAC when they make illogical pronouncements.
The book starts, as expected, with hydrocarbon structures, in chains and rings. Heterocyclic systems used as parent structures are then covered, before looking at more exotic structures. Chapter two deals with substituents, covering the basic types before looking at more complex examples. A more detailed look at some issues follows in chapter three, before two more specialist sections on organometallics and carbohydrates. Finally, a selection of complex examples finishes the work.
Overall, this is an execellent book for the application of organic nomenclature. Aimed at the synthetic chemist, it would also be useful for 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, given the keen pricing.


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