34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A 'must read' for first year undergrads,
This review is from: Why Chemical Reactions Happen (Paperback)
This book gives an excellent explanation of the basic ideas in chemistry. It is different from most other chemistry books in that it brings together ideas from what are usually considered different areas of chemistry to give a reader friendly (thermodynamics without the maths!) explanation of, well, why chemical reactions happen. The topics covered by the authors are clearly presented with loads of diagrams and everyday examples to support the text. Emphasis is placed on understanding why things happen rather than the learning of 'rules'.
The book is aimed at first year undergraduates/those who are about to begin studying chemistry at university (and I would definitely recommend it as pre-university reading) however, I think it would also be of interest to a wider audience - even though I'm a chemistry graduate I found reading the book useful because it explained the basics more clearly than any other textbook I've read.