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The World of Physical Chemistry


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1: The origins of physical chemistry 2: Communications in the physical sciences 3: The growth of the physical sciences 4: Thermodynamics 5: Kinetic theory and statistical mechanics 6: Chemical spectroscopy 7: Electrochemistry 8: Chemical kinetics 9: Colloid and surface chemistry 10: Quantum chemistry Appendix: Scientific periodical;s References and Notes Biographical Notes References to Biographies Index


'Even nonspecialist readers will find much to enjoy in the first chapter which explores the broad sweep of the subject and looks at the impressive contributions that it has made at the interface of pure research and technology ... carefully researched and scholarly volume ... Laidler has provided a masterly survey of the field, which will help to put the record straight in many backwaters of the subject and in not a few estuaries too.' Peter Atkins, Lincoln College, Oxford, Nature, Vol. 365, October 1993 `This is one of those rare books, a privilege to review. that within minutes of opening you realise is written with authority, enthusiasm, insight, and great style - in short a book you will enjoy and treasure. This scholarly work will surely become a classic and I highly recommend it for individual purchase by all serious chemists, teachers and students for edification and pleasure.' D. Thorburn Burns, Chemistry in Britain 'Keith Laidler is a distinguished physical chemist who has also published valuable papers on the history of the subject. His book takes an important step towards a fuller understanding of the discipline's development.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'This is quite a remarkable book ... As a source of information on the history of physical chemistry this book is a gold mine, and an enormous credit to its author.' W.A.E. McBryde, University of Waterloo, CHEM 13 NEWS, October 1994 'it is refreshing to read a book covering the generalities of physical chemistry ... The use of modern terms will make for easier understanding by the reader ... The historical aspects are well researched and the book is very extensively referenced ... substantial use has been made of the Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Many of the biographies make fascinating reading. Keith Laidler has made a unique and useful contribution to the literature of physical chemistry and I hope that the book will be read widely by physical chemists, chemistry teachers, students and scientific historians.' J. Lee, J. Chem. Soc. Faraday Trans., 1994, Vol. 90 'enjoyable and informative ... a resource book which teachers, lecturers and researchers could dip into regularly with profit' John Jenkin, La Trobe University, Chemistry in Australia, May 1994 `valuable contributions to the history of physical chemistry ... the book does have a number of virtues ... It brings together a substantial body of information which will be essential for any future historians of this subject-area. Its exposition ... is lucid, of a high standard of factual accuracy, and often witty. It is certainly worth its place on any university library's history of science shelves.' Michael A. Sutton, University of Nottingham, Ambix, Journal of the Society for History of Alchemy & Chemistry, Vol. 41, July 1994 the World of Physical Chemistry by Keith J Laidler was an absolute joy to read, and I made great use of numerous excerpts from this book in teaching my undergraduate physical chemistry course ... a book that shows the beauty of this field of study and the wealth of human talent that went into the progressive development of physical chemistry. I would highly recommend this work for anyone who teaches physical chemistry ... This work, unlike most physical chemistry books, could easily be nighttime reading and was, in fact, my nighttime reading for many enjoyable evenings. `Its appearance is to be warmly welcomed, as its reasonable price makes it accessible to a much larger audience. This book has clearly been written primarily for fellow scientists and aims to provide an insight into how the main themes in physical chemistry have developed. Thus it will make a good companion for physical chemists, and will be read with enjoyment by practitioners and students alike.' John Hudson, Chemistry & Industry, 9/96 `Laidler has done an excellent job in featuring prominent figures ... This book is ideal for anybody interested in physical chemistry and should be found on the bookshelves of all who ever teach this subject. The students will be grateful and the reader will have had an enjoyable read!' Helen P. Graves Smith, National Museum of Science and Technology, Canadian Chemical News, April 1996 `The book would also be helpful in planning a lecture course on the history of the physical sciences.' Alexi Assmus, ISIS, 87:1 (1996)

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