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The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Larry Gonick

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Title:The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry
Authors:Larry Gonick
Info:Collins Reference (2005), Paperback, 256 pages
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This book really simplified chemistry, and even made it fun! I really enjoyed reading it. It speaks about how the Periodic Table of Elements are arranged. ( )
  Angela_C | Nov 25, 2010 |
This book may be helpful to students who have had a successful introductory class in chemisty. It uses funny pictures to explain basic chemistry, atomic theory, combustion, solubility, entropy, reaction stoichiometry, and the history of chemistry. I would recommend it to any high school student who is interested in studying science or is taking a chemistry class. I gave it a low rating because the reader actually has to to have a basic/intermediate understanding of chemistry to be able to understand the book or the jokes. I felt the book could have been written at a lower level in order to capture a high school audience, it appears an AP Chemistry student may enjoy it best ( )
1 vote ElenaEstrada | Aug 16, 2009 |
Topics usually covered in a general chemistry or high school chemistry course are explained in this book using friendly characters and a sense of humor. Although the reader will not get too much of any one topic, the most common stumbling places are pointed out and a few worked examples are given (e.g. an acid-base titration problem). The illustrations are black and white drawings in which "critters" representing atoms interact with each other. A kindly wizard guide leads a young female student through the chapters, explaining as he goes. For students looking for another point of view or a stripped-down introduction to basic chemistry, this book might be useful. I found it entertaining and clever. ( )
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To Deon Criddle, who always had time to help his son with science fairs and the memory of Emanuel Gonick and Otto Goldshmid, chemists both
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The first chemical reaction to impress our ancestors was FIRE.
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And what is the attraction between us? That would be an ironic bond . . . .
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If you have ever suspected that "heavy water" is the title of a bootleg Pink Floyd album, believed that surface tension is an anxiety disorder, or imagined that a noble gas is the result of a heavy meal at Buckingham Palace, then you need The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry to set you on the road to chemical literacy.

You don't need to be a scientist to grasp these and many other complex ideas, because The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry explains them all: the history and basics of chemistry, atomic theory, combustion, solubility, reaction stoichiometry, the mole, entropy, and much more—all explained in simple, clear, and yes, funny illustrations. Chemistry will never be the same!

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Uses cartoons to discuss chemistry, covering the history of the field and examining such topics as acids, solutions, biochemistry, thermodynamics, logarithms, and physical and organic chemistry.

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