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The World Of Carbon by Isaac Asimov
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Jul 26, 2011

really liked it

What a delightful little book. Full of information I was shocked and horrified that I didn't already know. (Now I know why organic chemists seem to think everybody else is an idiot.) This is the world around us: our food, our fuel, our own bodies. Asimov's writing is extremely charming, and the datedness (copyright 1958) is quaint. Some things don't change.
My only complaint is with his decision to keep the use of structural formulas to a minimum. I am a very visual person, so I found myself flipping to the index several times per page to look up what a hydroxyl group (pathetic, I know. How much easier could it get?) or a carboxyl group or stearic acid etc. looked like.
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