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Reactions: The private life of atoms [Kindle Edition]

Peter Atkins
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Through an innovative, closely integrated design of images and text, and his characteristically clear, precise, and economical exposition, Peter Atkins explains the processes involved in chemical reactions. He begins by introducing a 'tool kit' of basic reactions, such as precipitation, corrosion, and catalysis, and concludes by showing how these building blocks are brought together in more complex processes such as photosynthesis.

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the perfect antidote to science phobia. (Booklist)

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 (published in its ninth edition in November 2009). His other textbooks include Inorganic Chemistry: Chemical Principles and Molecular Quantum Mechanics. 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1837 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199695121
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OQH0JO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #466,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic chemical reactions toolkit . 20 Feb. 2012
By Xavier
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Good reaction toolkit for beginner chemists . The drawings of molecules are a bit difficult to see as the molecular models are not quite the right size to fully appreciate its structure . Generally speaking is a good book to remind the basics of acid base reactions and all its different theories. Brilliant conclusion about the reactions mechanisms which concludes into a electron transfer and electron reception for all them .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 20 Dec. 2012
Blimey, I really should read more of Atkins' work. I fell in love with Chemistry after reading his book 'Molecules' as a teenager. Atkins writes beautifully poetic descriptions of the chemical world and renders a rather dreary topic- mechanisms of reactions- rather fascinating. This book would be fabulous for someone wanting to bridge the gap between GCSE and A-level Chemistry. My only complaint is the poor diagrams; they are very small and the space-filling models do not really allow us to see what is happening. The prose, however, is faultless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Know you body 19 July 2013
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This is a very interesting book, if you want to know how atoms work. It explains certain chemistry actions, how atoms work in your stomach, how they make electricity flow etc.
Drawing of atoms are in colour, some drawing are useful, some are not, but be warned, this book does not make light reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A popular science book for organic chemists 29 April 2013
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There's no doubt that Dr. Peter Atkins is a well accomplished writer of chemistry textbooks considering there continuing popularity with students.
Reactions: the private life of atoms is written within the realm of organic reactions and tries to explain why two molecules react the way they do. Dr. Atkins sets out to showing the reader that all reactions can be explained simply in terms of either proton or electron transfers.
But this is the problem. Writing a popular chemistry book based around electrons moving from one molecule to another is simply not going to fill 200 plus pages. Although organic chemists will tell you that the fine details change from one group of reactions to another its difficult to go into this without losing the interest of the casual reader.
Fine details we don't get but we do get the broad overview in the use of reaction steps and more reaction steps that follow a familiar pattern.
I don't think you can blame anybody other than organic chemistry itself for being basic at its core.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Generally very good. 3 Dec. 2012
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I gave this book 4 stars because I found it interesting and it explained most points very well. I liked the way in which complex chemistry is broken down and made easy to understand and the fact that it covers a broad range if chemistry and is therefore not too specific for an everyday reader however the images that are there to help one understand the concepts are not clear in almost all cases and it is difficult to understand what the images are trying to show. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a strong interest in chemistry and some background in chemistry (prospective a-level student).
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