Physical Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, 2014 - Science - 128 pages
With the development of a variety of exciting new areas of research involving computational chemistry, nano- and smart materials, and applications of the recently discovered graphene, there can be no doubt that physical chemistry is a vitally important field. It is also perceived as the most daunting branch of chemistry, being necessarily grounded in physics and mathematics and drawing as it does on quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and statistical thermodynamics. With his typical clarity and hardly a formula in sight, Peter Atkins' Very Short Introduction explores the contributions physical chemistry has made to all branches of chemistry. Providing an insight into its central concepts Atkins reveals the cultural contributions physical chemistry has made to our understanding of the natural world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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This is a valuable resource that covers a wide range of topics in physical chemistry. The book is divided into three major sections that cover statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and kinetics ... Read full review

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Really very heavy going. Physical Chemistry is never going to be an easy read, but this book doesn't help make sense of much. Confusing, tables and examples. You can Never find the information you are looking for. Read full review


Matter from the inside
Matter from the outside
Bridging matter
States of matter
Changing the state of matter
Changing the identity of matter
Investigating matter
the Periodic Table
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Peter Atkins is the author of about 70 books, including the world-renowned and widely used Physical Chemistry, now in its 10th edition [in Jan 2014]. After graduating from the University of Leicester and a post-doctoral year in the University of California, Los Angeles, he returned to Oxford in 1965 as Fellow of Lincoln College and University Lecturer (later Professor) in physical chemistry. He retired in 2007, but continues to write and lecture worldwide.

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