A look back at 50 years of Royal Society of Chemistry books
Our books team have published some fascinating titles over the past half a century. Take a look at some of their highlights – they’ve picked one from each decade.
Spectroscopic Properties of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds Volume 1
Reviewing literature published during 1967. © 1968 The Chemical Society
This is one of the first Specialist Periodical Reports - this series provides a unique source of information on a key area of chemistry which continues to grow in importance. The volume is divided up into sections according to the particular spectroscopic technique used. Coverage includes NMR, nuclear quadropole resonance spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy and electron diffraction.
Conservation of resources: a symposium held at the University of Glasgow, 5th-9th April, 1976;
Organised by the Royal Institute of Chemistry and the Industrial Division of the Chemical Society, as part of the Annual Chemical Congress, 1976.
At the time of publication, there was an ongoing debate about the conservation of resources and the fact that some resources can never be renewed. What policies should be pursued in order to find replacements for natural resources as they begin to dwindle and pressure for “fair shares” continue to build up. Sections discussed Problems and Opportunities, Energy Transmission Storage and Management and Energy Efficient Processes for the Chemical Industry.
This was published before the Royal Society of Chemistry published an ebook collection and can only be found in the Library of the RSC and Copyright Libraries. The complete eBook collection is now made up of over 1,500 eBooks – that’s more than 26,000 chapters over 590,000 pages.
Calixarenes: Volume 1 Monographs in Supramolecular chemistry, Series editor J Fraser Stoddart; 1989
Author C David Gutsche
Calixarenes was the first book to be published in the `Monographs in Supramolecular Chemistry' series and is also the first complete survey available of this rapidly developing field. It provides a fascinating and lively account of the history, development and applications of calixarenes, which are probably the world's most readily available synthetic molecular baskets. These basket shaped compounds possess the ability to hold metal ions, as well as molecules, in their interior and as a result of their extraordinarily easy synthesis from phenols and aldehydes are receiving increasingly wide attention. This book is a must for advanced undergraduates and post-graduates studying bio-organic and supramolecular chemistry.
Chemistry of Explosives 1st edn (1998)
This concise, easy-to-read book outlines the basic principles needed to understand the chemical mechanisms of explosion. Covering detonation, deflagration, initiation, the latest theories on the production of "hotspots", thermochemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics, the text includes detailed formulations and reactions presented with thermochemical calculations to aid understanding.
The history, theory and chemical types of explosives are introduced, along with propellants, pyrotechnics and the most up-to-date information on energetic binders for explosive compositions. Covering all aspects of explosive chemistry from history to manufacturing techniques and formulation, The Chemistry of Explosives is a unique text which introduces difficult subjects in a readable manner. Ideal for A-level students and new graduates with no previous knowledge of explosive materials, it will also be useful to anyone needing succinct information on the subject.
Molecules of Murder (2008)
Molecules of Murder is about infamous murderers and famous victims; about people like Harold Shipman, Alexander Litvinenko, Adelaide Bartlett, and Georgi Markov. Few books on poisons analyse these crimes from the viewpoint of the poison itself, doing so throws a new light on how the murders or attempted murders were carried out and ultimately how the perpetrators were uncovered and brought to justice.
The Microbes Fight Back (2016)
Antibiotics are familiar drugs to us all, so familiar that we may take them for granted. They allow us to survive life-threatening infections, and allow us to protect the animals we farm for food. Many antibiotics have now become ineffective against common diseases, and there are few alternative treatments to replace them. In this topical popular science book, Laura Bowater, Professor of Microbiology Education and Engagement at Norwich Medical School, considers the past, present and uncertain future of antibiotics.
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