This is not an introductory book. This is a collection of musings by an expert in chemical bonding.
I bought this book thinking it would serve as a good introduction to chemical bonding. I would not recommend it for this purpose. If you have not taken introductory chemistry or you don't remember it well, I would recommend you find another text to get you started before considering this book.
This book does contain a lot of thoughts on chemical pedagogy (and some ideas on how to teach chemistry), a lot of interesting ideas on how to interpret chemical bonds while minimizing your reliance on quantum mechanical concepts, and numerous illustrations. If you work in chemistry, this book can give you a fresh perspective on some of the trickier bonding structures that exist. If you teach chemistry, there are probably some ideas in this book you will find useful.
I also want to point out the organization of this book leaves something to be desired. It is structured as a series of essays written to an audience that is expected to be at least somewhat familiar with many standard chemical concepts. Ideas like formal charge are introduced with little explanation. There are some instances where very specific ideas are briefly mentioned and then dropped that I expect even your typical chemist would be unfamiliar with (for example, the triplet ground state of CH2 is mentioned on page 50, even though the idea of "triplet" versus "singlet" is never mentioned beforehand).
The essay structure of this book makes it very readable, but there is a downside. This book is as dense - or perhaps more dense - with ideas and concepts as a typical textbook. But there are no example problems (besides the examples given during discussion) and no end-of-chapter problems. If you want to understand this text, I strongly recommend reading it slowly and making up extra problems for yourself to check your understanding. It is easy to skim the book and think you understand the concepts, but with a book this dense I would recommend taking it a little slower.
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1426962991
- 条形码: 9781426962998
- 商品尺寸: 21 x 2.1 x 28 cm
- 商品重量: 907 g
- ASIN: 1426962991
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