Our book published Contemporary Computer-Assisted Approaches to Molecular Structure Elucidation


Almost two years of work, a collaboration and friendship developed over many years of my tenure at Advanced Chemistry Development (with Mikhail Elyashberg and Kirill Blinov), a story about a decade of work to develop what we believe is the world’s premier Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation software, and multiple iterations later, our book is now at the printers.

Our Book COver

Our book is “Contemporary Computer-Assisted Approaches to Molecular Structure Elucidation” and is already listed on Amazon here.

“Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation (CASE) systems are powerful software applications capable of outperforming human data interpretation in terms of both speed and reliability. They combine software algorithms with tools for molecular structure elucidation using spectroscopic data. This book describes the principles on which CASE systems are based and concisely explains the algorithmic concepts behind the programs. It puts the technique in the context of its origins and describes the challenges that have been overcome to produce modern CASE systems. It uses the authors’ software development experience to discuss the present state-of-the-art and explains how the synergistic marrying of man and machine can provide superior results. Readers will gain a firm grounding in the fundamentals of CASE, an understanding of the challenges associated with algorithms, and an appreciation of the technologies underlying NMR prediction and structure verification. Scientists who have never used CASE systems before will find all the information necessary to master this new and very effective approach. Those with some experience will benefit from details on the latest developments.”

I willingly admit I’m glad it’s over…it feels great to have it finished, great to know its at the printers and good to know that we have likely written the definitive volume in this area for the time being. Now time to let my eyes recover before getting back to writing two more volumes about NMR applied to Natural Products, to be released next year all being well!

 

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  1. #1 by David Flaxbart on November 15, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    According to YBP, this book, with 368pp, has a list price of $235.60. That’s 64 cents per page. Do you think this, or for that matter any, book is worth that cost? As an author, do you think you have any responsibility for seeking moderation in publisher prices? RSC, an imprint of Springer, is one of the most expensive monograph publishers around.

    As a librarian, I take cost per page seriously and it factors in to any decision to purchase a book, which after all in entirely discretionary. I pass on quite a few RSC books for this reason. If you have any influence with your employer, try to convince them that book pricing affects sales, a concept they don’t seem to grasp. I have never been able to fathom how they arrive at a price point for a given book. Two books on the same basic topic and the same size, even from the same publisher, may be more than $100 apart in list price. In these cases, the reasonably priced book often is a no-brainer (or even automatic) purchase for a library, while the expensive one gets flagged as a maybe, or a not-at-all. In the book market, price does not correlate with quality, of course.

  2. #2 by tony on July 11, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Davd…sorry that I had previously missed this. I have been in many discussions about price over the years but ultimately the price is always set by the publisher

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