What is Chemistry?

What is Chemistry?

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By (author) Peter W. Atkins

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 198mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199683980
  • ISBN 13: 9780199683987
  • Sales rank: 197,662

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Most people remember chemistry from their schooldays as a subject that was largely incomprehensible, fact-rich but understanding-poor, smelly, and so far removed from the real world of events and pleasures that there seemed little point, except for the most introverted, in coming to terms with its grubby concepts, spells, recipes, and rules. Peter Atkins wants to change all that. In What is Chemistry? he encourages us to look at chemistry anew, through a chemist's eyes, to understand its central concepts and to see how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture. Atkins shows how chemistry provides the infrastructure of our world, through the chemical industry, the fuels of heating, power generation, and transport, as well as the fabrics of our clothing and furnishings. By considering the remarkable achievements that chemistry has made, and examining its place between both physics and biology, Atkins presents a fascinating, clear, and rigorous exploration of the world of chemistry - its structure, core concepts, and exciting contributions to new cutting-edge technologies.

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Peter Atkins is Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He is the author of almost 60 books, which include the world-renowned textbook Physical Chemistry (published in its ninth edition in November 2009). His other textbooks include Inorganic Chemistry: Chemical Principles and Molecular Quantum Mechanics. He has also written a number of books for a general readership, including Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science, The Periodic Kingdom, Molecules, and The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction. He has been a visiting professor in France, Israel, New Zealand, and China, and continues to lecture widely throughout the world.

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Atkins wins his readers' attention simply through an elegant and lucid description of the subject he loves. Nature [T]he result is pretty much unimprovable. Recommending that every chemistry student in the world read a book by Peter Atkins feels a bit like recommending that everyone buy their books from Amazon. But what can you do? If this book had existed when I was an undergraduate, I'd have benefited tremendously. Now you can. Philip Ball, Nature Chemistry This is an excellent presentation, especially for laypeople and high school students or for a 'chemistry for poets' course. Highly recommended. R. E. Buntrock, Choice, It is an important supplementary book for undergraduate students in Chemistry, [and] integrates the main Chemistry concepts in an easy and fast reading. Montserrat Gomez, University of Toulouse

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Its origins, scope, and organization ; 2. Its principles: atoms and molecules ; 3. Its principles: energy and entropy ; 4. Its reactions ; 5. Its techniques ; 6. Its achievements ; 7. Its future ; Glossary ; Index