Atkins' Molecules

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Cambridge University Press, 25 sep. 2003 - 235 páginas
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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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Colorful depictions and capsule descriptions of many different substances. Could serve, I suppose, to seduce freshmen into becoming chem and biochem majors. Leer reseña completa

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Almost nothing to inform a professional chemist here, but of interest to laymen. Leer reseña completa

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Introduction
1
Elements and atoms
3
Compounds
5
Bonds between atoms
6
Organic compounds
8
Forces Between Molecules
11
Mixtures
13
Simple substances
15
Taste smell and pain
121
Sweetness
122
Sourness and Bitterness
126
Hot spicy and cool
131
Meatiness and barbecues
135
Fruits and foods
141
Flowers and essentials oils
147
Animal smells
155

Air
16
Water and ammonia
26
Smog pollution and acid rain
30
Fuels fats and soaps
39
Hydrocarbon Fuels
40
Alcohols and acids
48
Fats and oils
58
Butter and margarine
65
Soaps and Detergents
69
Synthetic and natural polymers
73
Rubber
84
Polyesters and Acrylics
88
Nylon
93
Proteins
98
Sugar Starch and Cellulose
108
Sight and colour
163
Vision
164
Leaves carrots and flamingos
168
Flowers fruit and wine
174
Browns bruises and tans
177
The light and the dark
182
Stimulants
189
Nasty compounds
198
Life
202
Reproduction
205
Glossary
211
Acknowledgements
217
Index
218
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P. W. Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and Professor of Physical Chemistry. His works include The Periodic Kingdom, Atoms, Electrons, and Change as well as the best-selling textbook Physical Chemistry.

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