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What is chemistry? /

by Atkins, P. W.
Edition statement:First edition. Published by : Oxford University Press, (Oxford, UK :) Physical details: viii, 122 p.. : ill. ; 21 cm ISBN:9780199683987 (hbk.); 0199683980 ((hbk.). Year: 2013
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Includes index.

Its origins, scope, and organization -- Its principles : atoms and molecules -- Its principles : energy and entropy -- Its reactions -- Its techniques -- Its achievements -- Its future -- Periodic table.

Most people remember chemistry from their schooldays as a subject that was largely incomprehensible, fact-rich but understanding-poor, smelly, and so far removed from the real world of events and pleasures that there seemed little point, except for the most introverted, in coming to terms with its grubby concepts, spells, recipes, and rules. Peter Atkins wants to change all that. In What is Chemistry? he encourages us to look at chemistry anew, through a chemist's eyes, to understand its central concepts and to see how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture --

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