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Chemistry of the Elements - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750633659, 9780080501093

Chemistry of the Elements

2nd Edition

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Authors: N. N. Greenwood A. Earnshaw
Paperback ISBN: 9780750633659
eBook ISBN: 9780080501093
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 11th November 1997
Page Count: 1600
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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.

Key Features

  • 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)


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About the Authors

N. N. Greenwood

A. Earnshaw

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University of Leeds, UK

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