An incredibly useful, and inexpensive, book for understanding exactly what the title suggests, symmetry and spectroscopy. The language used in the text is relatively informal, allowing the authors to explain some complex concepts (especially for those new to the field) in a simplistic manner. Whilst the maths can be rather involved in some chapters every formula is not changed or introduced without a proper discussion as to how it was derived or why it is needed. For the most part the maths can be easily skimmed over when only the qualitative theory of the subject is required to be understood. Many diagrams are included in the text to help understand the topics discussed, and many basic analogies are given that allowed, for myself at least, to understand the quantum world in relation to the classical one. Problems are also given at the end of each of the five chapters (these chapters being on Group Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Vibrational Spectroscopy, Molecular Orbital Theory and Electronic Spectroscopy respectively) with answers at the back and, unlike in many other text books, a proper paragraph of an explanation or step-by-step mathematical solution is given on how to solve the problem rather than just a one word answer. I particularly found this book useful when studying group theory, quantum mechanics, molecular photophysics and UV/IR spectroscopy during my Uni years majoring in Chemistry. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in, or struggling, with these principles in Chemistry and/or Physics classes. To this day I still use this book when I want to understand why the spectra look they way they do, as opposed to just what compound the computer library suggests I have. The character and product tables can be a little hard to navigate in the appendices, but aside from that and a boring cover I could not fault it for anything.
Vibrational and electronic spectroscopy is addressed with applications of group theory to ultraviolet,visible and infrared spectra. Many experimental results as well as additional relevant problems are used to build a strong foundation of vibrational and electronic spectroscopy. The reading was useful for a student like me who has basic background in mechanical engineering. I found it really useful to understand some particular aspects of group theory.
This book will be of great help to anyone trying to get their head around Infrared (vibrational), Rotational or UV-vis/fluorescence (electronic) spectroscopic theory, (and of course the mixtures that arise). It goes into enough detail to be an actual useful tool but is also written in a writing style that is quite informal and easy to read. Only a few times did i get lost but when these tricky parts were taken slowly the contents did become clear. This book also has a great section of molecular orbital theory and general basic quantum mechanics.
A fascinating book that takes the reader on a journey through a great bit of chemistry! What is discussed in the first couple of chapters is revisited in the end so you really do feel like you have learnt something, and can then apply it. There are questions (and answers) after each chapter which are useful. A very good price for quite a packed volume, with a lot of information that was new to me (an A-level student.) Some of the areas I found quite challenging, which was good, and so having read the book I think I will pick it up soon and read it again!