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

©2003
Physical Description:
viii, 235 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Molecules. 1987.

Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521823975

9780521535366
Format :
Book

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Summary

Originally published in 2003, this is the second edition of a title that was called 'the most beautiful chemistry book ever written'. In it, we see the molecules responsible for the experiences of our everyday life - including fabrics, drugs, plastics, explosives, detergents, fragrances, tastes, and sex. With engaging prose Peter Atkins gives a non-technical account of an incredible range of aspects of the world around us, showing unexpected connections, and giving an insight into how this amazing world can be understood in terms of the atoms and molecules from which it is built. The second edition includes dozens of extra molecules, graphical presentation, and an even more accessible and enthralling account of the molecules themselves.


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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

Preface
Introduction
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