Since a few weeks, two interesting NMR books reached the bookshelves. They cover a very broad range of NMR, from the lofty heights of quantum uncertainties, to elucidation of molecular structure elucidation, and to an advanced exposition of spin dynamics and relaxation principles. You might have already noticed the two books in the right column of this blog. A few words about each:
Anthropic Awareness: The Human Aspects of Scientific Thinking in NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectroscopy (published by Elsevier, 390+ pages) is a collection of contributions edited by Csaba Szántay, a Professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Csaba contributed to the book himself, authoring six of the most lofty Chapters (lofty in the sense anticipated in the previous paragraph). Chapters titled like The Philosophy of Anthropic Awareness in Scientific Thinking: just what I would expect from my friend Csaba! He once made me pledge to read all the 129 pages of his 2007/8 saga about NMR and the Uncertainty Principle: How to and how not to interpret homogeneous line broadening and pulse nonselectivity, published in four parts (DOI10.1002/cmr.a.20098, 10.1002/cmr.a.20102, 10.1002/cmr.a.20116,10.1002/cmr.a.20119) in Concepts in Magnetic Resonance. Seven years later, my anthropic awareness is still aching!
But don’t get misled by my kidding. Have a look at the Table of Contents and you will see that there is interesting stuff for everybody. The book has 15 Chapters and covers also a lot of very practical terrain concerning elucidation of NMR spectra of pharma-sized molecules, with an eye on computer-aided approaches. That is directly pertinent to my bread-and-butter activities, so as soon as I got a word about the book, I planned on buying it. Not immediately, though: at $191 ($110 for the Kindle reader), it was too costly for me just before Xmas. But apparently I have a friend at North Pole – I got it today as a Xmas gift! Which means that I will be able to tell you soon what is the connection between Anthropic Awareness and NMR.
By the way, the book seems to be a kind of Hungarian affair since the ten Contributors are all Hungarians, and all associated with the pharma company Gedeon Richter, except for one notable exception: Lars Hanson from the Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance. I wrote about Lars a bit critically some time ago, and later had an opportunity to talk with him, and appreciate his point of view. He is a good match to Csaba, in a way: his Chapter, titled The Ups and Downs of Classical and Quantum Formulations of Magnetic Resonance, probably reviews and details his opinion that basic descriptions of NMR phenomena for MR operators can (and should) be kept classical. Again, I will be able to say more once I have read it.
Understanding Spin Dynamics (published by Pan Stanford, 250+ pages) is a comprehensive, in-depth exposition of magnetic resonance relaxometry (MRR) byDanuta Kruk, now an associate Professor at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland, and one of the rather rare world-class experts in MRR theory. This is thesecond book written by Danuta, at least as far as I know. It looks as a no-compromise tome that, in 12 Chapters, reviews practically the whole field. I have not (yet) read it but, knowing Danuta, I am absolutely sure that it is very readable (despite her being a mathematician 🙂 and that for a long time it will be a must for everybody wanting to do in earnest anything involving MRR phenomena. At less than $75 it is an excellent buy.
By the way, Danuta is now organizing the European Network on NMR Relaxometry, cast as a European COST project (open call OC-2015-2). Good luck!
from by Stan’s NMR Blog