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Nature of the Chemical Bond: An Introduction to Modern Structural Chemistry (The George Ficher Baker Non-resident Lectureship in Chemistry at Cornell University) Hardcover – 31 Jan 1960


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  • Hardcover: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (31 Jan. 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801403332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801403330
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.2 x 4.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thorough discussion of the various types of bonds, their relative natures, and the structure of molecules and crystals.

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MOST of the general principles of molecular structure and the nature of the chemical bond were formulated long ago by chemists by induction from the great body of chemical facts. Read the first page
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An all time classic 12 May 2001
By Ash Jogalekar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"It is better to foresee, even without certainty, than not to foresee at all", writes Linus Pauling in the preface of this book which become a bible of sorts for any chemists wanting to learn about the rational underpinnings of his or her discipline.

When I first came across this book I thought that it was too detailed and dense. But then as I patiently studied every chapters, I realized that Pauling has truly "foreseen with certainty" in his career and discoveries, a fact which is slowly but surely revealed in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in how a few simple scientific ideas lead to the explanation of literally hundreds of phenomena.

In this book, the two times Nobel Prize winner has beautifully demonstrated how his classic 'Valence Bond Theory' can be applied to explain the bewildering array of atoms, molecules and crystals around us. In each chapter, the author introduces classic principles like resonance, electronegativity, partial ionic character of bonds, partial double bond character, and hybridization. Today these concepts are the cornerstone of the description of thousands of simple molecules and are part of every chemistry textbook. It's worth noting that the valence bond approach has its drawbacks which Pauling does not really discuss. It is also true that the Molecular Orbital Theory developed by Robert Mulliken, Friedrich Hund and others has largely replaced his theory in making quantitative calculations. However, Pauling's masterly style of writing and the insights which almost each and every page of this book give the reader are unmatched. Plus, the simple explanations of complex phenomena described in the book serve as powerful heuristics to understand the fundamental nature of chemical science, a science which is based on the reductionist laws of physics but which is also founded on its own emergent principles derived from a combination of rigor and empiricism.

This volume would perhaps not prove useful as a textbook for a modern day classroom because of its level of detail and relative age, and yet I think it should be read by each and every chemist and chemistry student as the ultimate example of simplicity, variety and beauty. It is one of the finest examples of how one extraordinary scientist tries to explain diverse chemical phenomena through a few simple ideas. Read this book to savor the soul of chemical science.
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One of the best chemistry book ever 11 Oct. 2014
By Tengzhi Liu - Published on Amazon.com
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Really nothing much to say, it is amazing. It is very helpful to read the original idea of a theory, especially the book written by himself; no other latter book can explain his idea better than himself. Though having passed so many decades, reading how him built up the original theory gives a lot of inspiration.
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Great Book 3 Feb. 2014
By Marshall Havner - Published on Amazon.com
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Molecular structures explained in straight forward manner with clear examples. This was a good purchase for me and Linus Pauling is a master at making difficult material easy to comprehend.
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Great book. 31 Jan. 2014
By Shawn - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. But it is good to be familiar with fundamentals of chemistry. It helped my understanding with more complex chemistry.
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hydrocarbon combustion. 17 Mar. 2013
By Franklin H. Just - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is of great value to me in my research area of hydrocarbon combustion. Excellant book on chemical bond theory.
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