In this textbook, designed to be used with classic texts of organic chemistry at the undergraduate level, or standing alone for more advanced students, the two experts, M. M. Green and H. A. Wittcoff bring together the principles and the practice. Written for students, while also giving much information that may be used to enhance teaching of the subject, the book's ten concise chapters combine important commercial and practical processes with the principles of organic chemistry. The result is a source of otherwise barely accessible information. In addition, personal anecdotes from the authors' vast experience make this a fascinating and indispensable textbook for everyone wishing to enhance an appreciation of this subject.
"This book is a joy to read (and re-read)."
—James A. Moore, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"This very interesting book is going to find a unique place in the repertoire of organic textbooks."
—James Canary, New York University
"Simply put, this book is a gem. The chemistry described
is rigorous but the warm, humorous, and conversational writing style makes the book a joy to read."
—Dasan M. Thamattoor, Colby College
"I have never come across such an enticing mix of stories of discovery with basic chemistry!"
—Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University
"This is a highly original book filling an obvious need."
—Herbert Morawetz, Polytechnic University
"This book is a delightful contribution to the field of organic chemistry that offers a useful pedagogical approach."
—Pedro Cintas, Facultad de Ciencias-UEX Badajoz, Spain
"What an excellent read! The book, intended for organic chemistry students, is in the style of the first books on organic chemistry by Isaac Asimov which impressed me as a teenager in the 1960´s. It makes the discovery of new chemicals and processes seem exciting, and emphasises the importance of academic understanding in the development of the chemical industry. (...) The book is full of interesting anecdotes, often related to serendiptious discoveries. But, as Louis Pasteur said, "Chance favours the prepared mind". (...) One interesting story on the cracking of petroleum and the subsequent build up of coke deposits relates to a father who was so obsessed with the subject that he called his son Carbon; Carbon then named his own daughters Methyl and Ethyl. In my opinion, any father who saddles his children with such names might be regarded as a well known arsenic heterocycle!
In conclusion, all organic chemists should read this book for pleasure, not just to learn new knowledge. I hope the authors can be persuaded to write a second volume which covers the fine chemicals industry."
—Organic Process Research & Development, Dr. Trevor Laird
"This is a unique, fascinating book that bridges organic chemistry principles with chemical industrial applications. The story telling style make the reading/learning experience extremely enjoyable."
—Qiao-Sheng Hu, College of Staten Island, City University of New York