Organic Chemistry 5th Edition by Maitland Jones Jr., ISBN-13: 978-0393124231


Organic Chemistry 5th Edition by Maitland Jones Jr., ISBN-13: 978-0393124231

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  • Publisher: ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Fifth edition (February 1, 2014)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 1344 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0393124231
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0393124231

These days, a knowledge of science must be part of the intellectual equipment of any educated person. Of course, that statement may always have been true, but we think there can be no arguing that an ability to confront the problems of concern to scientists is especially important today. Our world is increasingly technological, and many of our problems, and the answers to those problems, have a scientific or technological basis. Anyone who hopes to understand the world we live in, to evaluate many of the pressing questions of the present and the future—and to vote sensibly on them—must be scientifically literate.

The study of chemistry is an ideal way to acquire at least part of that literacy. Chemistry is a central science in the sense that it bridges such disparate areas as physics and biology and connects those long-established sciences to the emerging disciplines of molecular biology and materials science. Similarly, as this book shows, organic chemistry sits at the center of chemistry, where it acts as a kind of intellectual glue, providing connections between all areas of chemistry. One does not have to be a chemist, or even a scientist, to profit from the study of organic chemistry.

The power of organic chemistry comes from its ability to give insight into so many parts of our lives. How does penicillin work? Why is Teflon nonstick? Why does drinking a cup of coffee help me stay awake? How do plants defend themselves against herbivores? Why is ethyl alcohol a depressant? All these questions have answers based in organic chemistry. And the future will be filled with more organic chemistry—and more questions. What’s a buckyball or a nanotube, and how might it be important to my life? How might an organic superconductor be constructed? Why is something called the Michael reaction important in a potential cancer therapy? Read on, because this book will help you to deal with questions such as these, and many more we can’t even think up yet.

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