Is Gaia becoming Thanatia, a resource exhausted planet? For how long can our high-tech society be sustained in the light of declining mineral ore grades, heavy dependence on un-recycled critical metals and accelerated material dispersion? These are all root causes of future disruptions that need to be addressed today.
Tandem Mass Spectrometry Edited by F. W. McLafferty More than 50 contributors, representing 32 of the world's leading research groups in mass spectrometry, examine the fundamentals, methods, instrumentation and applications of MS/MS, as well as promising new directions. The book describes the general types of MS/MS applications, primarily trace analysis in complex mixture, molecular structure elucidation, and gaseous ion reaction mechanisms; basic methods and theory, including the production and dissociation of characteristic ions; the principal types of instruments employed; special techniques; and applications of MS/MS in numerous fields. 506 pp. (0 471-86597-4) 1983 Molecular Luminescence Spectroscopy Methods and Applications, Part One Edited by Stephen G. Schulman Providing encyclopedic coverage, the author examines the applications of fluorescence, phosphorescence, and chemiluminescence spectra to the analysis of organic and inorganic compounds. The book features discussions of topics never presented in an analytical text, such as excited state optical activity and bioinorganic luminescence spectroscopy, and exhaustive reviews of fluorescence and phosphorescence of pharmaceuticals. Chapters on fluorescence detection in chromatography and luminescence immunoassay are the most up-to-date treatments available on these subjects. 826 pp. (0 471-86848-5) 1985 Auger Electron Spectroscopy M. Thompson, M. Baker, A. Christie, and J. Tyson After comparing AES with other techniques in the general field of electron spectroscopy, this book reviews the fundamentals and theories underlying the AES effect. The authors--experienced users of AES--offer an easy-to-follow summary of procedures along with generic descriptions of equipment components. The book also deals with a sequence of studies of gas phase spectra from rare gases to metals to molecules. Chemical aspects of the methods are discussed, followed by a particularly comprehensive description of AES with reference to materials science. 375 pp. (0 471-04377-X) 1985
The End of the Beginning This story starts off where many end. As I sit in front of my computer, the thoughts of many things bounce around my skull like a silver metallic ball in an old pinball machine. I need to pay my back rent. I have to prepare for a defamation trial in small claims court. I have no food in the fridge. I'm over $20,000 dollars in the hole. My company needs a new website. I haven't released a new record in months. I have one solitary quarter to my name. Literally. I need my Clonazepam. Obstacles such as these have broken many men, but I will not fall victim to the same fate. You can attribute this proclamation to my unwavering confidence, blind faith or the egotistical nature of a champion. Nevertheless, the future will be a testament to these words. I will not fail.
Organometallic chemistry is an interdisciplinary science which continues to grow at a rapid pace. Although there is continued interest in synthetic and structural studies the last decade has seen a growing interest in the potential of organometallic chemistry to provide answers to problems in catalysis synthetic organic chemistry and also in the development of new materials. This Specialist Periodical Report aims to reflect these current interests reviewing progress in theoretical organometallic chemistry, main group chemistry, the lanthanides and all aspects of transition metal chemistry. Specialist Periodical Reports provide systematic and detailed review coverage of progress in the major areas of chemical research. Written by experts in their specialist fields the series creates a unique service for the active research chemist, supplying regular critical in-depth accounts of progress in particular areas of chemistry. For over 80 years the Royal Society of Chemistry and its predecessor, the Chemical Society, have been publishing reports charting developments in chemistry, which originally took the form of Annual Reports. However, by 1967 the whole spectrum of chemistry could no longer be contained within one volume and the series Specialist Periodical Reports was born. The Annual Reports themselves still existed but were divided into two, and subsequently three, volumes covering Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. For more general coverage of the highlights in chemistry they remain a 'must'. Since that time the SPR series has altered according to the fluctuating degree of activity in various fields of chemistry. Some titles have remained unchanged, while others have altered their emphasis along with their titles; some have been combined under a new name whereas others have had to be discontinued. The current list of Specialist Periodical Reports can be seen on the inside flap of this volume.
A masterpiece of modern fiction, James Joyce's semiautobiographical first novel follows Stephen Dedalus, a sensitive and creative youth who rebels against his family, his education, and his country by committing himself to the artist's life. "I will not serve," vows Dedalus, "that in which I no longer believe..and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can." To Dedalus, the artist is like God-one who "remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails." Joyce's rendering of the impressions of childhood broke ground in the use of language. "He took on the almost infinite English language," Jorge Luis Borges once said. "He wrote in a language invented by himself..Joyce brought a new music to English." As a bold literary experiment, this classic has had a huge and lasting influence on the contemporary novel.
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