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Atkins' Molecules

By Peter Atkins, P. W. Atkins

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Format: Paperback, 244 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Other Information: 280 colour illus.
Published In: United Kingdom, 25 September 2003
This is a brand new edition of the book that was called 'the most beautiful chemistry book ever written'. In it, we see the molecules responsible for the experiences of our everyday life - including fabrics, drugs, plastics, explosives, detergents, fragrances, tastes, and sex. With engaging prose Peter Atkins gives a non-technical account of an incredible range of aspects of the world around us, showing unexpected connections, and giving an insight into how this amazing world can be understood in terms of the atoms and molecules from which it is built. The new edition has dozens of new molecules, a completely new graphical presentation, and an even more accessible and enthralling account of the molecules themselves.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Simple substances; 2. Fuels, fats and soaps; 3. Synthetic and natural polymers; 4. Taste, smell, and pain; 5. Sight and colour; 6. The light and the dark; 7. Life.

About the Author

P. W. Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and Professor of Physical Chemistry. His works include The Periodic Kingdom, Atoms, Electrons, and Change as well as the best-selling textbook Physical Chemistry.

Reviews

'... the book is a treasure trove, and I defy anyone not to find some new and surprising fact about a subject thought familiar.' Chemistry & Industry 'We need to be reminded that matter, ordinary matter, is mysterious and magical ... In Atkins' delightful book, the Cinderella of chemistry begins to look a lot like a beautiful princess.' The Boston Globe From reviews of the first edition: 'This is undoubtedly the most beautiful chemistry book ever written ...' New Scientist 'The cast list is sublimely eclectic: from corn to cannabis and from silk to civet cats; from vanilla to Viagra, and from the smell of death to the start of life ... this thoroughly readable, handsomely illustrated work - less a formal textbook, more a vade-mecum of chemical diversity - should encourage many more people to fiddle with compounds. Chemists' shelves should stock it. Chemistry World 'The author's deep enthusiasm for his discipline ... is unmistakably felt throughout this beautifully produced volume.' The Chemical Educator

EAN: 9780521535366
ISBN: 0521535360
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 1.3 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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