What is Chemistry?

What is Chemistry?

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 134 x 198 x 20mm | 240g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199683980
  • 9780199683987
  • 272,279

About Peter W. Atkins

Peter Atkins is the author of about 70 books, including the world-renowned and widely used Physical Chemistry, now in its 10th edition. He won the Grady-Stack award for science journalism in 2016. After graduating from the University of Leicester and a post-doctoral year in the University of California, Los Angeles, he returned to Oxford in 1965 as Fellow of Lincoln College and University Lecturer (later Professor) in physical chemistry. He retired in 2007, but continues to write and lecture worldwide.show more

Review quote

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 Toulouseshow more

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 ; Indexshow more