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Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Peter Atkins

February 2015

ISBN: 9780199683970

128 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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In this Very Short Introduction Peter Atkins inspires us to look at chemistry through new eyes. Considering the remarkable achievements chemistry has made, he presents a fascinating, clear, and rigorous exploration of the world of chemistry - its structure, core concepts, and contributions to the material comfort and culture of the modern world.

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In this Very Short Introduction Peter Atkins inspires us to look at chemistry through new eyes. Considering the remarkable achievements chemistry has made, he presents a fascinating, clear, and rigorous exploration of the world of chemistry - its structure, core concepts, and contributions to the material comfort and culture of the modern world.

  • First published as the hardback What is Chemistry? The infrastructure of the modern world
  • A lively authoritative introduction, celebrating the importance of chemistry
  • Explains its basic structures, principles, and applications
  • Demonstrates the vital place chemistry plays in cutting-edge developments, such as nanotechnology and smart materials
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Peter Atkins, Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford

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.

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
    Further reading
    Glossary
    Index

Reviews

"...made me realise that science and poetic language can make for a perfect blend Most popular science books try to astound the reader with images of colourful reactions - Chemistry has nothing in that vein but instead surprises with vivid descriptions and creative analogies." - Education in Chemistry

"I heartily recommend this book it is an enjoyable read both for chemists and non-chemists alike" - Chemistry World