Six book reviews in the January 2000 issue of Notes and Records. R. Ian McCallum, Antimony in medical history: an account of the medical uses of antimony and its compounds since early times to the present. David E. Cartwright, Tides: A scientific history. Lydia M. Soo, Wren's ‘Tracts’on architecture and other writings. ‘Did the Royal Society matter in the eighteenth century?’ Edited by R. Sorrenson. D.K. Barkan, Walther Nernst and the transition to modern physical science. Veniamin Tsukerman and Zinaida Azarkh, Arzamas–16. Soviet scientists in the Nuclear Age: a memoir.