Organic Synthesis, Vol. 66
Organic Syntheses, volume 66 C.H. Heathcock, editor-in-chief. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1988. 265 p. US$29.95. This volume is the lates in the classic "Organic Syntheses" series, now being produced directly from manuscript copy (reflected in the price and rapidity of reproduction). The editorial philosophy for the series remains unchanged: the presentation of experimental procedures which lead to compounds of wide interest or which illustrate important new developments in methodology. The maturity of organic synthesis as a science and the increasing commercial availability of more complex molecules, however, means that such general procedures must become increasingly difficult to find, and there is evidence of that in this volume, where several of the preparations appear to border on the esoteric (6-diethyl-phosphonomethyl-2, 2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxen-4-one being a candidate). While rationale is provided for all the entries, several are highly focused in application. Although the value of Organic Syntheses in publishing reliable experimental procedures cannot be overstated, the overall usefulness of the later volumes of the series to the practising synthetic organic chemist may not approach that of the earlier volumes for the reasons stated above. Nevertheless, in view of the low cost and topicality of the new volumes in this series, they must still be considered an excellent investment for anyone carrying out organic synthesis in any capacity, even if only one or two procedures in a given volume is of direct relevance to the project at hand.
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|Publication:||Canadian Chemical News|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||May 1, 1989|
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