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Inorganic Crystal Structures.

Inorganic Crystal Structures. By B.G. Hyde and Sten Andersson (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1 Wiley Dr., Somerset, NJ 08875-1272,1989. 411 pp. US$65.00). Hyde and Andersson have accomplished an ambitious project: to show how a vast number of inorganic crystal structures can be described in terms of a very few structure types. Crystallographic shearing is clearly explained in an early chapter, since many compounds with complex stoichiometries have structures that are shear-related to the simple types. The principles of topological equivalence are introduced so that distortions can be accommodated readily. Of special interest to inorganic chemists is the treatment of compounds with unshared pairs of electrons, and Hyde and Anderson show that, for structural purposes, the lone pairs can be regarded as anions. This not only allows one to visualize the structures in terms of the simple types, it also provides straightforward conceptualization of the structural changes which accompany the oxidation of PbO to [PbO.sub.2]- The closing chapters describe noncommensurate and modulated structures, alloys, and silicates.

Excellent drawings and photographs appear in profusion, and this is one of the strong points of this book. Referencing extends through 1987 with some notes-in-proof addeed in 1988. This book should be a part of every library on structural inorganic chemistry.

Mary Frances Richardson, FCIC Brock University
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Date:Nov 1, 1990
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