Chemistry DeMYSTiFieD 2nd ED

Book Reviews: This book is for anyone who has an interest in chemistry and wants to learn more about it outside of a formal classroom setting. It can also be used by home-schooled students, tutored students, and those people wishing to change careers. The material is presented in an easy-to-follow way and can be best understood when read from beginning to end. However, if you just want more information on specific topics like radioactivity or organic chemistry, then those sections can be reviewed individually as well.

You will notice through the course of this book that I have mentioned many milestone accomplishments of chemists, physicists, biochemists, and physicians. In particular, I have noted when a new discovery earned a Nobel prize for excellence and the advancement of science. I have highlighted these achievements to give you an idea of how much the questions and bright ideas of curious people (who just happen to like science) have brought to human- kind.

Science is all about curiosity and the desire to find out how something happens. Nobel prize winners were once students who daydreamed about new ways of doing things. They knew answers had to be there and they were stubborn enough to dig for them. The Nobel prize for science has been awarded over 470 times. (Don’t worry I haven’t described every prize in this book.) However, to give you an idea of chemistry’s diversity, I have listed some of the research areas that the Nobel (actors have Oscar and scientists have Nobel) has touched since 1901:

• isolation of fluorine

• fermentation and investigations in biological chemistry

• catalysis and investigations of chemical equilibrium and reaction rates

• discovery of the elements radium and polonium

• methods of hydrogenating organic compounds

• linking up atoms within the molecule

• investigations on dipole moments and diffraction of X-rays and electrons in gases

• isolating the coloring compounds of plants, especially chlorophyll

• discovery of the origin and nature of isotopes

• understanding atomic fission

• discovery of the molecular structure of insulin

• electronic structure and geometry of molecules, particularly free radicals

• deciphering the structure of biological molecules like antibiotics and cholesterol

• developing methods to map the structure and function of DNA

• discovering the detailed structures of viruses

• development of direct methods to determine crystal structures

• refinements in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

• understanding chemical processes that deplete the earth’s ozone shield

• discovery of a new class of carbon molecule (fullerenes)

• invention of the world’s fastest camera that captures atoms in motion.

In 1863, Alfred Nobel experienced a tragic loss in an experiment with nitroglycerine that destroyed two wings of the family mansion and killed his younger brother and four others. Nobel had discovered the most powerful weapon of that time, dynamite.

By the end of his life, Nobel had 355 patents for various inventions. After his death in 1896, Nobel’s will describe the establishment of a foundation to create five prizes of equal value ‘‘for those who, in the previous year, have contributed best towards the benefits for humankind’’ in the areas of chemistry, physics, physiology/medicine, literature, and peace. Nobel wanted to recognize the heroes of science and encourage others in their quest for knowledge. My hope is that in including some of the Nobel prize winners in this text you too will be encouraged by the success and inventiveness of earlier scientists who were curious to know how and why things happen.

This book provides a general overview of chemistry with sections on all the main areas you’ll find in a chemistry classroom or individual study of the subject. The basics are covered to familiarize you with the terms and concepts most common in experimental sciences like chemistry. There is a Periodic Table printed on the inside cover of this book, as well as in Chapter 4 to use as a reference. Additionally, I have listed a couple of Internet sites on the Periodic Table that have a lot of good information. The Periodic Table is the single most useful tool in the study of chemistry beside the pencil. The complete description of the Periodic Table and its uses is described in Chapter 4.

Selected Reviews:

I can’t say enough bad things about this book.

I never could bring myself to write a detailed takedown of this book, but it is packed with errors; they abound on practically every page. Some are obvious only to a person who has already learned the subject, rendering this book cruel and misleading, a profound disservice to its audience.

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Bibliographical Data of Chemistry DeMYSTiFieD 2nd ED

Reference Type: Book
Record Number: xx
Author: Linda D. Williams
Year: 2011
Place Published: 2 Pennsylvania Plaza New York City
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Number of Pages: 368
Edition: 2nd
ISBN -10: 0071751300
ISBN-13: 978-0071751308
Kindle Available: NO
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