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General Chemistry

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When it was first published, this first-year chemistry text revolutionized the teaching of chemistry by presenting it in terms of unifying principles instead of as a body of unrelated facts. Those principles included modern theories of atomic and molecular structure, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. In addition, Dr. Pauling attempted to ...more
Paperback, 959 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Dover Publications (first published June 8th 1970)
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Roy Lotz
All of our ideas about life involve chemical reactions.

Hard as it is for me to believe now, at one point I was on a path to become a chemist. Throughout elementary and high school, I had always been best at science; and chemistry was my favorite subject. By the time I was a junior, I was taking an advanced course with a teacher who now, for me, embodies the archetypical chemist: He had a long white beard (he belonged to a special club of genuinely-bearded Santa Clause impersonators), always wo
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Linus Pauling was one of the most influential and gifted scientists of the 20th century and the winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. This book was first published in 1947 but subsequently revised and the edition I read was from 1970. It's obviously rather dated in some of its information, but not as much as it could have been. However, as a chemist myself, my interest in reading it was to see if any of Pauling's genius was apparent in his style of writing. Could he, for example, present ...more
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One of the best books for advanced students. A sample:
"Kinds of Definition
Definitions may be either precise or imprecise. The mathematician may define the words that he uses precisely: in his further discussion he then adheres rigorously to the meaning of each word. We have given some precise definitions above. One of them is the definition of the kilogram as the mass of a standard object, the prototype kilogram, that is kept in Paris. Similarly, the gram is rigorously and precisely as 1/1000 th
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Good chemistry books. Contains everything about chemistry. Every fucking thing.
Adam
Jul 05, 2016 Adam rated it really liked it
This book strikes a nice balance between remedial knowledge of chemistry and an advanced understanding. It neither talks to you like a stupid college freshman, nor a grad student in a Chem department. It explains all the fundamental concepts of Chemistry but with a speed and use of technical language that assumes you already somewhat understand Math, Physics, and the basic picture of Chemistry. For instance it doesn't go into a long conversation about significant figures or the meaning of ...more
Brian
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I got a copy of this classic text as I approached graduation with my BS in chemistry in 2008. I found Pauling's writing style lucid but as I skimmed the book I was a little shocked that some principles were included in this 'general chemistry' book that I didn't encounter until taking supplement physics courses or physical chemistry. Pauling had high expectations of his students.
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Heavy read, Heavy, Heavy. You better freshen up your College Algebra and Calculas or you won't make through this one. But is excellent primary Chemical reference and the way Pauling writes it is more like a story.
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