Reactions: The Private Life of Atoms

Reactions: The Private Life of Atoms

by Peter Atkins


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ISBN-13: 9780199668809
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/21/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,313,504
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Peter Atkins is Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He is the author of almost 60 books, which include the world-renowned textbook Physical Chemistry, now in its ninth edition. He has also written a number of books for a general readership, including Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science, The Periodic Kingdom, Molecules, and The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction. He has been a visiting professor in France, Israel, New Zealand, and China, and continues to lecture widely throughout the world.

Table of Contents

A preliminary comment: water
The basic tools
1. Matter falling out (Precipitation)
2. Protons in transit (Neutralization)
3. Burning in air (Combustion)
4. Back to basics (Reduction)
5. Electrons in transit (Redox)
6. Forcing change electrically (Electrolysis)
7. Electricity from chemistry (Electrochemistry)
8. The death of metal (Corrosion)
9. Civil partnerships (Lewis acid-base reactions)
10. Changing partners (Complex substitution)
11. Marriage broking (Catalysis)
12. Divorce and reconciliation (Radical recombination)
Assembling the workshop
13. Stringing along (Radical polymerization)
14. Snapping together (Condensation polymerization)
15. Sniffing out nuclei (Nucleophilic substitution)
16. Sniffing out electrons (Electrophilic substitution)
17. Proton accelerators (Acid catalysis)
18. Basic instincts (Base catalysis)
19. Adding up (Addition)
20. Taking away (Elimination)
21. Carbon footprints (The Wittig reaction)
22. Networking opportunities (The Friedel-Crafts reaction)
23. Dark matter (Photocromism)
24. Irritating atmospheres (Photochemical smog)
25. Seeing the light (Vision)
26. Green chemistry
Building for design
27. Food for thought (Enzyme control)
28. Grand designs (Synthesis)
A retrospective: bringing it all together

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Reactions: The Private Life of Atoms 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HenryBeemis More than 1 year ago
Reactions has a fine premise of shrinking the reader to molecule size to observe chemical reactions. However being so close to the reactions makes it difficult to understand the actual outcome. Like discerning the forest from the trees. The book would have been better if the equations for each reaction were included. That would have provided a road map to see the ultimate destination. Sometimes the math is better to be included.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great just great the only way to learn about science i guess