Atoms, Electrons, and Change by P. W. Atkins

By P. W. Atkins

A century and a part in the past the pioneering physicist and chemist Michael Faraday introduced a celebrated sequence of lectures that tried to give an explanation for the interior workings of subject throughout the chemical historical past of a candle. "There is not any larger, there's no extra open door through which you could input into the research of average philosophy", Faraday advised his viewers. Now the prestigious chemist P.W. Atkins follows in Faraday's footsteps, utilizing his predecessor's deceptively uncomplicated topic to teach how a ways we now have are available knowing the striking chemical reactions that govern every thing from how candles burn to how lifestyles services. whereas Faraday may well say little greater than chemical response alterations a substance's visual appeal and homes, chemists this day comprehend reactions when it comes to the rearrangement of atoms and electrons. Atkins - tracing the process a carbon atom published by way of a flaming candle - explores the complicated forces that function on the atomic and sub atomic degrees to force those rearrangements.

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