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Atkins' molecules
Atkins, P. W. (Peter William), 1940-
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
viii, 235 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Molecules. 1987.

Includes index.

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QD461 .A83 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this new edition of the book that was called "the most beautiful chemistry book ever written," Peter Atkins reveals the molecules responsible for the experiences of our everyday life in fabrics, drugs, plastics, explosives, detergents, fragrances, tastes, and sex. Atkins gives a non-technical account of a range of aspects of the world around us, revealing unexpected connections and insight into how it can be understood in terms of the atoms and molecules from which it is built. This new edition has dozens of new molecules, new graphic presentations, and a more accessible account of the molecules themselves. Peter Atkins is SmithKline Beecham Fellow and Tutor in Physical Chemistry at Oxford University. Atkins' research includes the fields of theoretical chemistry, particularly magnetic resonance and the electromagnetic properties of molecules. He spends virtually all his time writing books, which range from bestselling college textbooks to books on science for general audiences, including Galileo's Finger (Oxford, 2003); The Periodic Kingdom (Basic Books, 1997); The Second Law (W.H. Freeman, 1995); and Atoms, Electrons, and Change (W.H. Freeman, 1991). Previous Edition Paperback (W.H. Freeman, 1995) 0-7167-2928-8

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Atkins' Molecules is the second edition of Atkins's 1987 book Molecules (CH, Sep'88), called "the most beautiful chemistry book ever written" by a reviewer. In this new version, Atkins (Oxford Univ.) describes in simple, nontechnical terms the molecules responsible for some of our everyday experiences--including fabrics, drugs, explosives, smells, and tastes. Using the same organizational structure as the first edition, Atkins engages the reader with a range of aspects of the molecular world around us, showing interesting connections and nuanced differences. Vivid new photographs of the visual world effectively reinforce this relationship. Atkins writes with a clear style that is accessible to a general audience. Public libraries and school libraries should have this book in their collections. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers. G. A. Slough Kalamazoo College

Table of Contents

1 Simple substances
2 Fuels, fats and soaps
3 Synthetic and natural polymers
4 Taste, smell, and pain
5 Sight and colour
6 The light and the dark
7 Life