As a student doing a degree in chemistry, Peter Atkins name is hallowed ground. Therefore I went out and bought his book, mainly for the reviews it had on it's cover. Ten great ideas of science? They are the authors choice, but I had a hard time getting through this (In case it got better)and looked forward to finishing it. The chapters that i had some previous knowledge about where easier to follow than the ones i didn't, but saying that they quickly got difficult. It is not the fact that the ideas as such are complicated, it is the heavy way that Mr Atkins feels he must describe them. A weight which i am finding more and more in his textbooks. He is not the easiest author to read when he is writing in a textbook, but he brings this to a new level when he is writing a general science book. This is not a book for the faint hearted and should surely come with a warning that you should have a degree, or better, several. Then you may enjoy it more. If it is a popular science book you want to read, which has a few jokes get "How to clone the perfect blonde" It is faster paced and a hell of a lot funnier. Peter Atkins has gonen down in my eyes.