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The private life of atoms

Peter Atkins

February 2013

ISBN: 9780199668809

200 pages
Paperback
216x135mm

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Price: £12.99

Through an innovative combination of image and text, Peter Atkins explains the processes involved in chemical reactions. He introduces the 'tool kit' of basic reactions, such as precipitation, corrosion, and catalysis, and shows how these building blocks are brought together in more complex processes such as photosynthesis.

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Through an innovative combination of image and text, Peter Atkins explains the processes involved in chemical reactions. He introduces the 'tool kit' of basic reactions, such as precipitation, corrosion, and catalysis, and shows how these building blocks are brought together in more complex processes such as photosynthesis.

  • Crisp and clear treatment of a central topic of science - chemical reactions - with full colour integrated images throughout
  • Fascinating and novel approach using a design in which the text and chemical images are linked together
  • Presents the most effective static 2-dimensional representation and explanation of many dynamic chemical processes
  • Outlines the chemist's 'tool kit' of reactions and looks at how these are linked together to create complex molecular forms

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
    A preliminary comment: water
    The basic tools
    1:Matter falling out (Precipitation)
    2:Protons in transit (Neutralization)
    3:Buring in air (Combustion)
    4:Back to basics (Reduction)
    5:Electrons in transit (Redox)
    6:Forcing change electrically (Electrolysis)
    7:Electricity from chemistry (Electrochemistry)
    8:The death of metal (Corrosion)
    9:Civil partnerships (Lewis acid-base reactions)
    10:Changing partners (Complex substitution)
    11:Marriage broking (Catalysis)
    12:Divorce and reconciliation (Radical recombination)
    Assembling the workshop
    13:Stringing along (Radical polymerization)
    14:Snapping together (Condensation polymerization)
    15:Sniffing out nuclei (Nucleophilic substitution)
    16:Sniffing out electrons (Electrophilic substitution)
    17:Proton accelerators (Acid catalysis)
    18:Basic instincts (Base catalysis)
    19:adding up (Addition)
    20:Taking away (Elimination)
    21:Carbon footprints (The Wittig reaction)
    22:Networking opportunities (The Friedel-Crafts reaction)
    23:Dark matter (Photocromism)
    24:Irritating atmospheres (Photochemical smog)
    25:Seeing the light (Vision)
    26:Green chemistry
    Building for design
    27:Food for thought (Enzyme control)
    28:Grand designs (Synthesis)
    A retrospective: bringing it all together
    Glossary
    Index

Reviews

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