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The Private Life of Atoms

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Baker & Taylor
Explains how different kinds of chemical reactions ranging from precipitation and combustion to polymerization and catalysis are formed, including examples, color illustrations, and real-life applications for each reaction.

Oxford University Press
Illustrated with remarkable new full-color images--indeed, one or more on every page--and written by one of the world's leading authorities on the subject,Reactions offers a compact, pain-free tour of the inner workings of chemistry.

Reactions begins with the chemical formula almost everyone knows--the formula for water, H2O--a molecule with an "almost laughably simple chemical composition." But Atkins shows that water is also rather miraculous--it is the only substance whose solid form is less dense than its liquid (hence ice floats in water)--and incredibly central to many chemical reactions, as it is an excellent solvent, being able to dissolve gases and many solids. Moreover, Atkins tells us that water is actually chemically aggressive, and can react with and destroy the compounds dissolved in it, and he shows us what happens at the molecular level when water turns to ice--and when it melts.

Moving beyond water, Atkins slowly builds up a toolkit of basic chemical processes, including precipitation (perhaps the simplest of all chemical reactions), combustion, reduction, corrosion, electrolysis, and catalysis. He then shows how these fundamental tools can be brought together in more complex processes such as photosynthesis, radical polymerization, vision, enzyme control, and synthesis.

Peter Atkins is the world-renowned author of numerous best-selling chemistry textbooks for students. In this crystal-clear, attractively illustrated, and insightful volume, he provides a fantastic introductory tour--in just a few hundred colorful and lively pages - for anyone with a passing or serious interest in chemistry.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780199695126
Branch Call Number: 541.39 ATK
Characteristics: viii, 191 p. :,col. ill. ;,23 cm.

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johnf108 Mar 12, 2012

Very well written. Provides details of different reactor designs [but at level most would want to see], discusses pro/con of using, altenative sources---costs, time frame to develop---and other topics.
Seems very objective and fair.

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