Chemistry of the Elements, Third Edition

9780080880150: Chemistry of the Elements, Third Edition

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This chemistry bible should stay on the desk of every chemist and scientist alike. (Pichierri Fabio, Japan)

An essential for a Chemistry library; I bought this book as a recommended text to accompany a senior/graduate two semester inorganic chemistry of the elements course. One of the few "texts" I would have had no problems buying outside of school. The information is extensive, but well organized and useful. (Kara McWhorter, Austin, TX USA)

This book is an essential component of the practicicing inorganic chemist's library. The fundamental information contained within are the seeds for the further study of chemistry. (Professor of Chemistry)

For years I have enjoyed the previous edition as a source of information and reference. It is a good adjunct to many of the courses in Chemistry to give additional background. The authors seem to anticipate what you will need to learn. The inset boxes are excellent in that they call attention to practical industrial chemistry and I know of no other text that so successfully stresses applied chemistry while most texts give no insight into the real world of the practical side of Chemistry. Do you know how a match is made? Chemistry of the Elements will educate you! (Harry Persinger
For anyone in need of a general reference on the chemical elements and their compounds (anyone majoring or working in chemistry), this book is indeed the bible. It has the advantage of being a well-written reference, but make no mistake, it is a reference - in the same way that a book on grammar, even if it is well-written, is still a book on grammar. Which means that if you are looking for an interesting and pleasantly readable popular science book about the chemical elements, and unless you have a serious technical interest in chemistry, this is probably not the best choice. The author doesn't make any claims that it was written for a popular audience, but some of the reviews seem to hint that it might be. (Steven Mason, California)

A useful general reference for the chemistry major.
Before I got a copy of this book I was always intrigued by the references to it in other texts. It does indeed have many interesting things in it. Some of the material it covers I have not seen in any other text.
With that said however, this book is not really all that suitable as a standalone text for a course. It is missing too much descriptive chemistry and coordination theory to support an inorganic course. It is written at too high a level for a general chemistry course. It just doesn't seem to fit well anywhere.
It has a great deal of information, arranged based on periodicity, especially in the areas of terrestrial abundance and industrial chemistry. Chemistry of the Elements repeats very little of what is covered in Cotton & Wilkinson's Advanced Inorganic and is well worth having to supplement that text.
I enjoy reading this book, but I doubt I will ever use it exclusively for a course. Worth the money for the major and those interested but not for everyone! (Thomas F. Wall, Massachusetts, USA)

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External Reviews (second edition)

Applied Organometallic Chemistry, Vol 12, Issue 12 , page 880, 1998
Book review: Chemistry of the elements, 2nd edn N.N. Greenwood and A. Earnshaw, Butterworth -Heinemann, Oxford, 1997. 340 pages, £35.00 (paperback) ISBN 0-7506-3365-4
P. J. Craig, De Montfort. University Leicester, UK
' The innovative and successful textbook presents a balanced coherent and comprehensive account of the elements for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.' Documentation Journal ' Completely revised and updated' ' Gives a balanced, coherent and comprehensive account of the chemistry of the elements for undergraduate and postgraduate students' ' The authors use descriptive chemistry to discuss the Chemistry of the Elements

"Excellent encyclopedic reference. Bibliographic sections are very well-done Information in margins for supplement text. 'Presents a balanced, coherent and comprehensive account of the chemistry of the elements.'

Documentation Journal
' Completely revised and updated'
' Gives a balanced, coherent and comprehensive account of the chemistry of the elements for undergraduate and postgraduate students'
' The authors use descriptive chemistry to discuss the Chemistry of the Elements?

"The second edition continues the good work of the first and should be acquired by all serious chemistry undergraduates and graduate students (and inorganic chemistry staff) is good value for money,.all chemists should buy this new edition, and use it."

External Reviews (first edition)

Journal of the American Chemical Society, Volume 107, Number 18
The book contains a vast store of information on chemical reactions, structures and industrial uses. It is an excellent book, suitable for use at the advanced undergraduate-beginning graduate level as a reference text. The authors are to be commended for a job well done.

Journal of College Science Teaching
They have succeeded admirably in selecting and presenting a staggering amount of material in what is an up-to-date, in depth treatment of descriptive chemistry that will be useful not only as a text but also as a standard reference book... The volume has an attractive format, with many important topics appearing in panels highlighted with a light gray background. The book is replete with countless equations and reaction schemes and more than 1,500 carefully selected references.
JCST March / April 1990, p318-320

N. N. Greenwood and A. Earnshaw -Chemistry of the Elements, reprinted edition with corrections, Pergamon Press, Oxford-New York-Toronto-Sydney-Paris-Frankfurt 1986, XXI + 1543 pages. Price $38.95

Among the numerous chemical monographs and textbooks published nowadays very rarely does there appear on the market such a valuable book. The authors consciously did not entitle it "Inorganic Chemistry" as it significantly strays in character from a typical modern textbook on inorganic chemistry. Besides an enormous and carefully organized amount of information on inorganic compounds, it covers some areas of theoretical and analytical chemistry, chemical technology, environmental and bio-inorganic chemistry. Considerable attention is paid to the hydrogen bond in various molecules and synthesis and structure of organometallic compounds. Besides 28 chapters dealing with particular chemical elements, their reactivity and compounds, three chapters are devotated to genera! subjects such as the origin of the elements (cosmochemistry), chemical periodicity and coordination compounds. Several chapters are written with especially deep insight, as for instance those concerning boron, phosphorus and sulfur. Much attention is also paid to carbonyls, cluster compounds and complexes, having as ligands molecules of N2, O2 and SO2. Special emphasis is very successfully directed towards the graphic design of the book with its numerous and clear schemes, comparative tables of properties, reactions, redox equilibria and scheme of the natural cycle of elements.
Very instructive are the tables providing essential facts from the history of discoveries and applications of the elements and their compounds. Carefully selected references (monographs and papers from journals with full titles) lead the reader from the most significant historic publications up till 1982. Among the great amount of encyclopedic information on elements and compounds one can also find some historic curiosities as the age of famous scientists when they made their discoveries or ~interesting facts from the history of the discoverv of elements (who knows the name "masurium" from the Polish lake district given initially to technetium?).

This innovative textbook' certainly deserves to become a reference book of inorganic chemistry for students and lecturers for long years ahead. The authors should be congratulated for their extreme skill in composing so much information In one, although vast, volume. I would like also to wish that all Polish chemical libraries get this volume as soon as possible.
Marek Trojanowicz

Book review by David Adams, reader in physical inorganic chemistry at the University of Leicester.
Chemistry of the Elements by Norman N. Greenwood and Alan Earnshaw
Pergamon , £19.50, ISBN 0 08 022056 8 and 922057 6
Chemistry of the Elements is a work of extraordinary scope and quality which, despite the quantity of information packed into it, remains attractive for its elegant prose style. It is not about theoretica1 or physical-inorganic chemistry. Although there is of necessity a theoretical framework, where such principles are called for they are mostly introduced within the context of an appropriate element. The treatment includes bio-inorganic and organometallic aspects of the subject; and, unusually, there is a strong emphasis on industrial chemistry.
Beginning with the creation of the universe in the hot "big bang", the book proceeds by way of an outline of stellar evolution to the synthesis of the elements and to aspects of chemical periodicity. With the exception of one chapter on coordination compounds, the remaining 29 chapters deal with the chemistry of a particular element or group of elements, proceeding from s to p to d to f blocks. There are no specific chapters devoted to such topics as solid-state or organometallic chemistry although information on both areas is distributed throughout the book. Structural material abounds. Spectroscopic data are much less prominent, although there are useful summaries of the electronic spectra associated with particular d configurations under appropriate elements. The philosophy of the book necessarily precludes presentation of general approaches to preparative methods and above all, to mechanistic considerations, which are absent to an astonishing degree.
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