Reactions: The private life of atoms Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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Peter Atkins is the author of about 70 books, including the world-renowned and widely used Physical Chemistry, now in its 10th edition. He won the Grady-Stack award for science journalism in 2016. After graduating from the University of Leicester and a post-doctoral year in the University of California, Los Angeles, he returned to Oxford in 1965 as Fellow of Lincoln College and University Lecturer (later Professor) in physical chemistry. He retired in 2007, but continues to write and lecture worldwide.
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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.
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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