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Title:
World records in chemistry
Author:
Faust, Rüdiger.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Chemie-Rekorde. English
Edition:
First English edition.
Publication Information:
Weinheim ; New York : Wiley-VCH, 1999.
Physical Description:
xvi, 361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9783527295746
Format :
Book

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Summary

What is the sweetest compound? Where is the largest chemical plant? To what extent can chemical bonds be bent? How many tons of fertilizer are being produced worldwide? The answers to these questions and many others can be found in this well written informative kaleidoscope of top performances in chemistry.The excellent mixture of superlatives from research and industry makes the book very difficult to put down and will help chemical laymen as well as experts to gain a better insight into the wonders of chemistry, its immense efficiency, and significance for our day-to-day life.

"... this is a marvelous book... A focus on records ... is actually a wonderful way to engage the interest of the chemistry student and professional, and of the general public."
Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize Winner

"This isn't a textbook, and it isn't a novel. Instead it is a source book for all chemists, giving us ideas we can use in teaching and in presentations, and it is also a book that should fascinate young students who want a feeling for the chemical world. Finally, ... it should serve as an inspiration to Beat That Record.?"
Ron Breslow, Former President of the American Chemical Society


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Choice Review

Faust and colleagues offer a wealth of information. The main body of their book consists of 280 pages divided into 23 sections with titles ranging from "Atoms and Molecules," "Chemical Industry," "Literature," "Mistakes," "Molecular Form," "Pharmaceuticals," "Poisons," "Sensors," "Syntheses," and so on. There are two appendixes; the 40-page perpetual calendar is an interesting way of getting a sense of the history of chemistry. The book is easy to read: entries are clearly and concisely written, and there are numerous tables and figures. It should be a welcome addition for teachers at any level as a source of interesting facts, and of general interest to those practicing and studying chemistry. Since this book is a translation from German, it has in places an emphasis on German issues, e.g., in the unfortunately brief section on environmental protection. This reviewer found it interesting and useful reading, and looks forward to having it as a reference for making lectures more interesting. (Did you know that 1-p-menthen-8-thiol, found in grapefruit, has the lowest known threshold value for taste, being perceptible at only 0.02 ng per liter? Or that in 1990, the Chemical Abstracts Services processed 489,500 abstracts, as compared to only 59,100 in 1950?) Useful name and subject indexes. All levels. P. Kruus; Carleton University


Table of Contents

Atoms And Molecules
Record Atoms
Bonding Records
Cluster Records
Hardness Records
Coordination Records
Solvent Records
Redox Hit List
E = mc2
Acids and Bases
Superconductors
Highlights
Biotechnology
Facts and Figures
Catalysts
Records
Chemical Industry
Records
Sector Records
Company Hits
Markets
Chemical Products
Hit List
Crop Protection
Facts and Figures
Elements
Records
Highlights
Occurrence
Environmental Protection
Facts and Figures
Fertilizers
Facts and Figures
Literature
Records and Curiosities
Mistakes
Are Human
Molecular Energy
Strain
Explosives
Molecular Form
Bonding Records
Giants
Chains and Rings
Symmetry Highlights
Nobel Prize
Records
Patents
Records
Pharmaceuticals
Corporate Top Ten
Major Markets
Hit List
Pigments
Records
Paints
Plastics
Facts and Figures
Poisons
Hit List
Raw Materials
And Energy
Reactive Intermediates
Carbanions
Carbenes
Carbocations
Radicals
Sensors
Odor Hit List
Signaling Agents
Synthesis
Masterful Achievements
Appendices
Perpetual Calendar
Indexes

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