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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 3 edition (April 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486656225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486656229
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.7 x 4.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By magellan on May 20 2004
Format: Paperback
This is my 800th published review on Amazon so I thought I'd try to do something a little special. I review a lot of non-fiction and science books in various areas, and when I saw Pauling's classic text recently, I knew it fit the bill.
This is the unabridged Dover 1988 republication of the original 3rd edition published by W.H. Freeman and Co. in 1970 (the 1st ed. was 1947, if I remember right). At 972 pages, 26 long chapters, 16 appendices, and 283 figures and illustrations, it's a monster of a book even for a chemistry text.
When the text first appeared, it marked a major landmark and innovation in the teaching of chemistry in the extent to which Pauling was able to present the entire subject of chemistry in terms of its underlying unifying principles rather than as a collection of unrelated chemical facts. Pauling closely ties in the observable phenomena of chemistry with the most powerful theories, which he says include modern atomic and molecular theories, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics.
Not the least of its virtues is that it is, despite the high-level treatment, surprisingly easy and enjoyable to read. The occasional mathematical treatments aren't easy for the beginner, certainly, but overall the book is quite approachable in terms of the style.
Pauling presents statistical mechanics first since he believes it's easier to grasp for the beginning student than chemical thermodynamics. Although there is some advanced math and calculus, as I said, most of that is located in the many appendices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Waskiewicz on Oct. 15 2002
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P>Obviously, I'm not an expert in every science, and my degree is in Physics, so I need to spend a lot of extra time researching and making sure my facts are correct. Although this is a college level book, I find it very helpful in making concepts clear. I am not into plagiarizing, but before I can write anything of my own, it needs to be absolutely clear in my own head.
This book is excellent at giving me that clarity. Besides his lucid explanations, there is his arrangement of topics. He puts topics together that belong together. Looking over what I had written before buying this book, I've realized that he has roughly the same ideas that I do on organization!
I also appreciate his clear, simple line drawings, and I think the stereoscopic drawings are just plain COOL! I even "borrowed" one just so my students could see it.
Complaints: Naturally, this is a college book, so it isn't ideal for my needs. Also, I have noticed a few items that are out of date. Of course, at the high school level, I don't often teach these things. Also, for a college book, it seems odd to me to hide the mathematics in the appendix. Even at the high school level, there is more math.
Overall, although this would be a poor choice as a primary source, it is excellent as a resource used in combination with other resources. It is also good for simply reading!
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By Deaven on May 15 2011
Format: Paperback
Linus Pauling is of course well respected by every Chemist, or Chemist-to-be. That's why this book is so valued. Pauling gives details on subject matter you don't seem to get elsewhere in 1st year books, and he explains everything thoroughly, yet it reads like a novel. Every chem student should by this book, especially for the price.
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When Linus Pauling was teaching undergraduates at Caltech, he found that none of the existing undergrad texts would serve his purpose.So he decided to write his own.This was in the 1940's.The result, 'General Chemistry', even after more than 50 years, is the best introduction to Chemistry at the University level that I know of.I discovered this book in my sophomore year, and after that I couldn't put it down.If you can really read this book thoroughly, you can probably say that you have an excellent grasp of most or almost all of the fundamental principles of Chemistry.Pauling's style of explaining the essentials without compromising on information is unparalleled.The small, simple calculations that he illustrates in each chapter are enlightening.In addition, the book is lavishly illustrated with beautiful figures by Roger Hayward.Pauling has a special knack of bringing out the flavour of seemingly boring topics like Thermochemistry and Ionic Equilibrium.If you have to have one book for setting your Chemical knowledge on the right path, trust me and buy this one.You will get enlightened by it forever.
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By Matthew M. Yau on Oct. 14 2000
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Linus Pauling's treatise on general chemistry is exciting and interesting. The book presents very basic but in-depth discussion of chemical phenomena such as thermodynamics and molecular structure. It is clear, reader-friendly, and easy to read. It is not meant to be just a textbook but a fun book for evening reading. No mathematical background is assumed. I recommend this book for undergraduate students as well as everyone who is interested in reading science but curbed by all the mathematical manipulations.
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