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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (14 Nov 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521406676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521406673
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...well-written text in physical chemistry...will reward undergraduate science majors who wish to improve their insight into the nature of matter....Where it excels is in its demand for intellectual maturity, even though the level of mathematics never extends past first-year calculus." M.B. Snyder, Choice

"...would not only be suitable, but extremely valuable to complement the kind of theoretical education, heavy on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, that we usually give our research-bound students." David L. Goodstein, Foundations of Physics

"...written in a clear and lucid style that makes it easy to read." John de Bruyn, La physique au Canada

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Matter is not a continuum of uniform density, but consists of discrete particles or, if one wishes to be more up to date, of localized regions of very high density separated by regions of almost zero density. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 2001
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Starting with simple inter-atomic forces between two atoms and progressing through to bulk magnetic properties of solids this book is THE book for undergraduates studying the physics of gases, liquids or solids. The author presents the content clearly and without resorting to unnecessarily complex mathematics, a good thing for most students! As an example of the progressive structure of the book, the treatment of gases progresses from simple models, which students should recognise from earlier study, to the more rigorous models taught in physics degrees. It then continues onto the topic of complex transport properties. All areas are explained in such a way deeming them very understandable. Not only have I been recommending this book to my first year students, at the University of Cambridge, since I started teaching them but I regularly use it as a reference in the course of my own research.
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Excellent reference for thermodynamics and kinetics 20 Oct 1999
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Very clear explanations and derivations of subjects such as Boltzmann distributions, critial points, thermal expansion, viscosity, etc. The maths isn't too hard, either!
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Review by a undergraduate student of Tabor 31 Jan 1997
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Tabor examines the forces between atoms, and how their balance adds up to the world as we know it.

He uses math to clarify, which though strict, does not hinder him in keeping the story fascinating.

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Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
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