S2052520618003414.pdf - book reviews Intermolecular Interactions in Crystals Fundamentals of Crystal Engineering Edited by Juan J Novoa ISSN 2052-5206

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book reviews Acta Cryst. (2018). B 74 , 253–254 253 Intermolecular Interactions in Crystals: Fundamen- tals of Crystal Engineering. Edited by Juan J Novoa. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017, Pp. 764. Price GBP 99.99 (hardcover). ISBN 978-1-78262-173-7. Gautam R. Desiraju* Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, CV Raman Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560012, India. *Correspondence e-mail: [email protected] It is very difficult to produce something, which is both ‘a textbook for Masters and PhD students’ and ‘a reference book for researchers’. So, when I read the preface by the editor, which states these aims, I was quite looking forward to reading the book itself. However, I was disappointed at the end of my enterprise, and doubly so because the book did not appear to me to have succeeded in its aims either as a textbook or as a reference work, barring certain sections. Any textbook needs to be simple and short, and it should contain non-controversial and easy to understand concepts and principles. The subject matter, including equations and quantitative information, needs to flow in a manner so that the novice learns and at the same time feels impelled to continue reading. A reference work on the other hand contains up to date scholarly material and, in part maybe, even contested and debatable opinions. The features that respectively define a textbook and a reference book are inherently contradictory and in attempting to combine them, the editor was perhaps being unrealistically ambitious.
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