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What is Chemistry?

Peter Atkins

August 2013

ISBN: 9780199683987

144 pages
Hardback
196x129mm

In Stock

Price: £11.99

If humans had not harnessed chemistry, we would all literally still be living in the Stone Age. Peter Atkins celebrates the importance of this most fundamental science; and in non-technical lay language, he explains its concepts, components, and methods. A marvellous primer for anyone who would like to understand chemistry.

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If humans had not harnessed chemistry, we would all literally still be living in the Stone Age. Peter Atkins celebrates the importance of this most fundamental science; and in non-technical lay language, he explains its concepts, components, and methods. A marvellous primer for anyone who would like to understand chemistry.

  • A lively account celebrating the importance of chemistry
  • Explains its basic structures, principles, and applications
  • Considers the wide range of contributions chemistry has made to the modern world
  • Demonstrates the vital place chemistry plays in cutting-edge developments, such as nanotechnology and smart materials
  • An ideal introduction for anyone who would like to understand chemistry
  • Written in a clear, concise style in non-technical language

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
    Glossary
    Index

Reviews

"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