Chemistry Connections: The Chemical Basis of Everyday Phenomena

Kerry Karukstis and Gerry Van Hecke teach undergraduate chemistry at Harvey Mudd College (my alma mater), and Gerry was a student there at the same time I was (sometime in the previous millennium). They have collaborated on a very useful and engaging supplementary book for introductory and organic chemistry. One of my colleagues is using it in conjunction with his "Chemistry in Context" course. If their intention was to enrich the chemistry curriculum, they have overshot the goal, and have accidentally written a book that most chemists will enjoy browsing. Of course you find things here that you already knew, but you will also surely discover a few new fascinating factoids. One of the best things about this book is that the authors provide references for every discussion, and also give a list of relevant Web resources (with URL's) for each of them. [This Pick has been updated to the new edition.]

Pick Attribution: 

Kerry K. Karuskstis and Gerald R. Van Hecke

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2003