1. Introduction to chiroptical phenomena (H.G. Brittain). 2. Instrumentation for the measurement of circular dichroism; past, present and future developments (D.R. Bobbitt). 3. Instrumental methods of infrared and Raman vibrational optical activity (L.A. Nafie, M. Citra, N. Ragunathan, G-S Yu, D. Che). 4. Application of infrared CD to the analysis of the solution conformation of biological molecules (M. Diem). 5. Determination of absolute configuration by CD. Applications of the octant rule and the exciton chirality rule (D.A. Lightner). 6. Analysis of protein structure by circular dichroism spectroscopy (J.F. Towell III, M.C. Manning). 7. Chiroptical studies of molecules in electronically excited states (J.P. Riehl). 8. Analytical applications of CD to forensic, pharmaceutical, clinical, and food sciences (N. Purdie). 9. The use of circular dichroism as a liquid chromatographic detector (A. Gergely). 10. Applications of circular dichroism spectropolarimetry to the determination of steroids (A. Gergely). 11. Circular dichroism studies of the optical activity induced in achiral molecules through association with chiral substances (H.G. Brittain). Subject index.