ORGANIC SPECTROSCOPY, 2nd edition, by WILLIAM For each spectroscopic technique there is a clear descripKEMP. Macmillan, Basingstoke, 1987, xviii + 299 pp. E20.00, tion of the theoretical basis, a discussion of instrumentation and other practicalities such as sampling methods, a summary (hard-back), A7.95 (paper-back). of the main applications of the technique, and detailed guidance on the interpretation of spectra. Each chapter has a It is a pleasure to find that a new edition of Kemp’s Organic Spectroscopy has been published. The first edition was well supplement describing more advanced techniques and applications, and also covering topics related to the main theme of received and has been widely used by honours chemistry students and by those for whom organic chemistry is the chapter. Thus, for example, the supplement to the infrared subsidiary to their main discipline. Changes in instrumenchapter covers quantitative applications, ATR and MIR, laser-Raman spectroscopy, and FTIR. Other supplementary tation, particularly through the use of computers, and other material includes descriptions of advanced NMR techniques spectroscopic innovations that have taken place in the twelve years since the book first appeared make a revision timely. such as multipulse methods, fluorine, phosphorus, nitrogen Dr Kemp has the ability to present ideas both simply and and oxygen NMR, electron paramagnetic resonance, optical concisely: in three hundred pages he covers the major rotatory dispersion and circular dichroism, ESCA, different spectroscopic techniques, dealing with both fundamental and ionisation methods in mass spectroscopy, and GC/MS. The more advanced aspects. A brief introductory chapter dis- chapters end with brief bibliographies that list more cusses the electromagnetic spectrum. The heart of the book is specialised monographs (covering both the main themes and the supplementary topics) and catalogues of spectra. four chapters covering infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance (greatly extended from the first edition, and giving equal The book can be strongly recommended. prominence to proton and carbon NMR), ultraviolet, and mass spectroscopy. A final section includes a number of problems, some using the individual techniques and others School of Chemical Sciences RICHARDA. Y. JONES using more than one complementarily. Answers are provided, University of East Anglia Norwich but only the briefest discussion of the solutions.