Descripción del producto
- 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.
The book itself begins with simple descriptions of precipitation, oxidation and reduction reactions, at a level recognisable to A-Level students. From here, it progresses to more esoteric accounts of the Wittig and Friedel-Crafts reactions. Each page is littered with 3D representations of the molecules under discussion.
Readership: Ideal for chemistry enthusiasts who are familiar with Peter’s previous trade books. It also provides a novel and valuable introduction to chemical reactions for students and will be of interest to educators in chemistry.
Table of contents:
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
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.