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The Chemistry of Inorganic Homo- and Heterocycles, vol. 1.

The Chemistry of Inorganic Homoand Heterocycles, Volume 1. By By Ionel Haiduc and D.B. Sowerby (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Canada, (Incorporating Academic Press Canada), 55 Barber Greene Road, Don Mills, Ont. M3C 2A1, 1987. These two volumes provide a compilation of reviews written by a international team of specialists. There are chapters on homocycles based on B, Si, Ge, Sn, N, P, As, S and Se, and heterocycles based on (common and uncommon) XY combinations of these and other elements. The coverage is certainly broad, although depth and focus of the different sections is variable. The chapters on sulphur-nitrogen (77 pp) and phosphorus (V)-nitrogen (116 pp) rings are by far the largest, reflecting the rapid growth of information on these systems. The categorization by ring type has the advantage of providing rapid access for both the expert and neophyte to the specifics of a given ring system. In this sense the two books represent a very good reference source for anyone seeking answers to particular questions. The disadvantage to the classification by ring type approach is that there are few links between chapters, no underlying principles are sought or found, so that the reader is left with a certain sense of conceptual disunity about the study of inorganic rings.

In view of the publication date of 1987 some chapters seem a little outdated, containing very few references from the 1980s. Even the larger, more extensively covered sections have few, if any, references later than 1983. The authors have nonetheless succeeded with their stated objective to provide, within a two-volume monograph, a global overview of research developments in inorganic ring systems over the period 1969-79. In short, the present monograph is a worthy successor to the earlier (1969) tomes by Haiduc on the same subject.

Richard Oakley, MCIC University of Guelph
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