Colorful graphics and 19 chapters featuring such learning aids as "chemistry at work" and conceptual problems characterize this large text on a large subject. Cited by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his pioneering work in the chemistry of ylides, Johnson (who spent most of his career at the U. of North Dakota), explores the smorgasbord of subject matter that is organic chemistry and new developments in the field. Appends a summary of nomenclature, spectra group assignments, and values of selected important compounds. The index is combined with a glossary. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.