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    DescriptionMost 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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    Title
    What is Chemistry?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter W. Atkins
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199683987
    ISBN 10: 0199683980
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: PN
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    DC22: 540
    B&T Approval Code: A54010000
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 540
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI013050, SCI013000
    DC23: 540
    LC classification: QD37 .A75 2013
    Thema V1.0: PN, PDZ
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    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.
    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 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