Chemistry of the Elements

Chemistry of the Elements

2nd Edition - November 11, 1997

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  • Authors: N. N. Greenwood, A. Earnshaw
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750633659
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080501093

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When this innovative textbook first appeared in 1984 it rapidly became a great success throughout the world and has already been translated into several European and Asian languages. Now the authors have completely revised and updated the text, including more than 2000 new literature references to work published since the first edition. No page has been left unaltered but the novel features which proved so attractive have been retained. The book presents a balanced, coherent and comprehensive account of the chemistry of the elements for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. This crucial central area of chemistry is full of ingenious experiments, intriguing compounds and exciting new discoveries. The authors specifically avoid the term `inorganic chemistry' since this evokes an outmoded view of chemistry which is no longer appropriate in the final decade of the 20th century. Accordingly, the book covers not only the 'inorganic' chemistry of the elements, but also analytical, theoretical, industrial, organometallic, bio-inorganic and other cognate areas of chemistry. The authors have broken with recent tradition in the teaching of their subject and adopted a new and highly successful approach based on descriptive chemistry. The chemistry of the elements is still discussed within the context of an underlying theoretical framework, giving cohesion and structure to the text, but at all times the chemical facts are emphasized. Students are invited to enter the exciting world of chemical phenomena with a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject, to approach experimentation with an open mind, and to assess observations reliably. This is a book that students will not only value during their formal education, but will keep and refer to throughout their careers as chemists.

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  • Completely revised and updated
  • Unique approach to the subject
  • More comprehensive than competing titles


Undergraduate and postgraduate students of chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering and technology

Table of Contents

  • Origin of the elements, isotopes and atomic weights
    Chemical periodicity and the periodic table
    Lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, caesium and francium
    Beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium and radium
    Aluminium, gallium, indium and thallium
    Silicon; Germanium, tin and lead
    Arsenic, antimony and bismuth
    Oxygen; Sulfur
    Selenium, tellurium and polonium
    The halogens: fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine
    The noble gases: helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, and radon
    Coordination and organometallic compounds
    Scandium, yttrium, lanthanum and actinium
    Titanium, zirconium and hafnium
    Vanadium, niobium and tantalum
    Chromium, molybdenum and tungsten
    Manganese, technetium and rhenium
    Iron, ruthenium and osmium
    Cobalt, rhodium and iridium
    Nickel, palladium, and platinum
    Copper, silver and gold
    Zinc, cadmium and mercury
    The lanthanide elements
    The actinideand transactinide elements (Z=90-112)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1364
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1997
  • Published: November 11, 1997
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750633659
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080501093

About the Authors

N. N. Greenwood

A. Earnshaw

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University of Leeds, UK

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