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Organic chemistry has long been recognized as an essential ingredient in the education of scientists in a wide range of fields, particularly in the life sciences. Indeed, as more and more disciplines come into contact with organic chemistry, new connections are constantly being forged. By extension, a career in medicine-an applied life science-is also becoming more and more dependent on organic chemistry, and not just because medical schools these days take special notice of the grade in organic! The practice of medicine nowadays increasingly requires a knowledge of the behavior of molecules. The molecular basis of pathogen action and of therapeutic agents are two obvious examples. These are developing areas at the moment, but there can be no doubt that the physician of tomorrow will have to be even more of a scientist-an organic chemist, among other things-than his or her predecessors. Accordingly, this book is written not just for the chemistry major, but is aimed instead at the person who wants a broad, yet modern introduction to the subject. General principles are stressed, because it is impossible to memorize all the details of this vast subject these days. One can, however, learn to make connections and to apply widely a set of organizing general principles, and that helps to render the prolific detail more manageable.
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Maitland Jones, Jr., is Professor of Chemistry at New York University. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Yale University. A long-time teacher of the organic chemistry course at Princeton, he is also an internationally recognized research scientist. His field of expertise is reactive intermediates, extremely short-lived molecules that exist only momentarily in the course of a chemical reaction. Within that subfield, Professor Jones is particularly interested in carbenes, carbon atoms with only two of their bond-forming electrons linked to other atoms, instead of the usual four. He is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on this subject and travels widely, lecturing on his research.Review:
I am very, very pleased with the format, content, and perspective this text offers. Thank you for the high quality of the book. -- Eric J. Sorin, student, Victor Valley College
I have started teaching the course and am extremely happy with Organic Chemistry. It is so pedagogical and so well put together! I think you have a winner with this one. I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes "the" organic chemistry text in colleges around the country in the near future. Word of mouth will help and I'm all for it. -- Gerald Hammond, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
I like this book! The writing is the clearest and most readable I've encountered. The illustrations leap off the page. It is very well done! -- Randy Robinson, Luther College
I would like you to know that I find Organic Chemistry to be very easy to read and understand. This may not sound like a lot, but it is. Many texts are worded for the professors instead of the students and that is not much help for those of us who are trying to grasp concepts that are quite difficult. -- Sherry Carder, student, Glenville State College
Jones's conversational tone and evident! Good humor are well-suited to his aim of reducing organic chemistry to rational and recognizable patterns, all founded on a purely qualitative approach to molecular orbital interactions. Students are quickly led to a level of mechanistic analysis not found in other introductory texts. -- Bart Kahr, University of Washington
Maitland Jones's Organic Chemistry is an excellent text. It has a superb focus, a fresh approach, and an easy readability that would make it worthy of consideration by any organic instructor. -- Michael S. Holden, Dickinson College, Journal of Chemical Education, March 1998
Maitland Jones's Organic Chemistry is written in plain English, which makes it easy to understand. Its mechanistic approach is unprecedented and ought to eliminate rote memorization. -- Cosmos O. Okoro, University of Arkansas
Organic Chemistry is an absolute joy to use. Sometimes I find myself reading it just for the fun of it, and the students can't say enough good things about it. . . . Maitland Jones's special talent for selecting the topics, and most important, the right words and illustrations, make the whole text just dazzling in every respect. -- James D. Morrison, University of New Hampshire
The coverage is excellent and I particularly like the way the author sets up arguments rather than just stating facts. The discussion of hydroboration typifies this very successful approach. -- J. M. Percy, University of Birmingham
[Organic Chemistry] is the most exciting undergraduate organic textbook I have seen during my 25 years of teaching organic. I had on occasion given some thought to writing a textbook for undergraduates . . .. Your own book comes closest to what I would have liked to write, and more. -- Moses K. Kaloustian, Fordham University
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