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The Laboratory Companion: A Practical Guide to Materials, Equipment, and Technique Paperback – 16 Dec 2005

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Revised edition edition (16 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471780863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471780861
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 2.5 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Laboratory Handbook by Gary S. Coyne

"This is probably the most useful volume I have encountered for many years and should be made compulsory reading for all those involved in research, particularly new research students."
Chromatographia

"The book will be valuable for readers needing to understand the theory and proper use, cleaning, and storing methods of laboratory equipment. Safety issues are thoroughly covered. The book is a useful ′how–to–use′ reference for students, novices, and experienced laboratory personnel."
JACS

An updated version of the critically acclaimed Laboratory Handbook, this guide to laboratory materials, equipment, and techniques is an important resource for students as well as veteran scientists and lab technicians.

From vacuum technology and glass vacuum systems to volumetric glassware, gas–oxygen torches, and cryogenic tanks, The Laboratory Companion provides complete coverage of all commonly used lab equipment, including essential information about its selection, use, cleaning, and maintenance. It clearly explains the historical development and rationale behind how and why things are done in the lab, and includes helpful guidelines and step–by–step procedures for each topic discussed.

Since glassware is typically the most prevalent type of lab equipment, much of the book is devoted to the properties and handling of glass apparatus, with additional material on rubber and plastic tubing, corks, stoppers, and O–rings. Readers will also find broad coverage of measurement systems, high– and low–temperature apparatus and techniques, compressed gases, vacuum systems, and other essential subjects.

About the Author

GARY S. COYNE is a scientific glassblower in the Department of Chemistry of California State University at Los Angeles.

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Format: Hardcover
Coyne's book shares a wealth of information regarding laboratory equipment such as standard glassware, volumetrics, vacuum greases and oils. It also manages to cover fundamental basic vacuum and air sensitive techniques in terms that don't require a Phd. I highly recommend this book to Chemistry technicians , graduate students and scientists as a reference guide to safe procedures and materials.
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The usefulness of this text rivals the CRC Handbook. It has a good balance of readable text and reference material, and everything is well arranged and easy to find. It's well worth Amazon's asking price (which is what I paid at the college bookstore).
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This is a totally brilliant book. Packed full of useful information and advice, with a dry sense of humour. Love it.
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This book is surely not recommended for undergrad students who has chemistry as a minor. the book is too wordy and 'technical.' I thought it is a 'practical book,' but it lacks visual aids and diagram. This book is full of tables (heat tolerance of test tubes...etc) and numbers. As a laboratory companion, it should also tell what's not to do in laboratory. It focuses on each and every equipment, the technicalities, and their tolerance (to heat, pressure...), etc. This is probably helpful for students in higher degree like PhD or so. I've had so many experiences in the lab and I would definitely say that this book is totally not for beginners in practical chemistry. Just not. For me (my opinion) this book is boring. It doesnt urge the reader for the exciting lab assignment ahead, instead it dwells on the technicalities of the lab equipments. BORING!!!!!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting basic book on how and why thinks are done in the lab. 3 Jan. 2012
By Cédric Leclercq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book will give you understanding of the theory and proper use, cleaning, and storing methods of laboratory equipment.
Particularly valuable for new research students.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly reccommend to anyone using lab equipment 29 April 2007
By Always Learning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mr. Coyne's experience and reseach shines through in the text. He includes excellent reference materials, charts and tables guide you on many practical lab activities, from simple, such as how to insert tubing into rubber stoppers, to complex, as in operating vacumn devices. In view of the excellent job he did in this book, I have requested that he consider writing a second in a series addressing how, why and when to use specific or unusual glassware, such as Graham, Allihn, and the various kinds of condensers, drying tubes, separatory funnels and the many other types of specialized glassware there seems to be little published about.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential handbook for Chemistry labs. 5 Nov. 1997
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Coyne's book shares a wealth of information regarding laboratory equipment such as standard glassware, volumetrics, vacuum greases and oils. It also manages to cover fundamental basic vacuum and air sensitive techniques in terms that don't require a Phd. I highly recommend this book to Chemistry technicians , graduate students and scientists as a reference guide to safe procedures and materials.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most useful book in the lab! 8 Mar. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The usefulness of this text rivals the CRC Handbook. It has a good balance of readable text and reference material, and everything is well arranged and easy to find. It's well worth Amazon's asking price (which is what I paid at the college bookstore).
0 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Format: Hardcover
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