1250 pages, 3600 colour line drawings
Inspiring and motivating students from the moment it published, "Organic Chemistry" has established itself in just one edition as the students' choice of organic chemistry text. This second edition takes all that has made "Organic Chemistry" the book of choice, and has refined and refocused it to produce a text that is even more student-friendly, more coherent and more logical in its presentation than before.
At heart, the second edition remains true to the first, being built on three principles: An explanatory approach, through which the reader is motivated to understand the subject and not just learn the facts; A mechanistic approach, giving the reader the power to understand compounds and reactions never previously encountered; An evidence-based approach, setting out clearly how and why reactions happen as they do, giving extra depth to the reader's understanding.
The authors write clearly and directly, sharing with the reader their own fascination with the subject, and leading them carefully from topic to topic. Their honest and open narrative flags pitfalls and misconceptions, guiding the reader towards a complete picture of organic chemistry and its universal themes and principles. Enriched with an extensive bank of online resources to help the reader visualise the structure of organic compounds and their reaction mechanisms, this second edition reaffirms the position of "Organic Chemistry" as the essential course companion for all organic chemistry students.
Review(s) from the previous edition:
"If you want a really good book about organic chemistry get 'Organic Chemistry' by Clayden, Greeves, Warren & Wothers."
- Christian Aichinger, Organic Chemistry Blog.
"What strikes the reader straight away is the way the text is laid out so that it is visually exciting. I could go on, but it's beginning to sound like a paean of praise, so let me end by congratulating the authors and publishers in producing what I am sure will become the standard text in organic chemistry. Perhaps I should just summarise how I felt about the book when I came to put it down: refreshing, exciting and motivational."
- Tony Barrett, Imperial College London.
"The authors should be congratulated for compiling a book that should prove very popular with our students...the text is very comprehensive and covers key areas in a very attractive and user friendly way."
- Dr Don Green, University of North London.
"The book is brilliant--we have been waiting for up to 25 years for a decent British text."
- John Mann, Professor of Biol. Chemistry, Queens University Belfast.
"This is a book we have all been waiting for! It is based on sound mechanistic reasoning and contains thousands of useful examples for teaching. Its style is approachable and covers both fundamental and more advanced material."
- Adam Nelson, Lecturer, University of Leeds
"A magnificent resource."
- Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, v. 40 no. 12, June 2001
"Represents a milestone in the field of organic chemistry textbooks... This is the first organic textbook that could be used in some shape or form on almost every organic chemistry course in any UK undergraduate programme... I soon expect to be hearing "You can look it up in Clayden" ringing from lectures and tutorials, and for many years to come."
- Andrew Boa in The Times Higher Education, 2001
"As a chemistry undergraduate I have found this book an excellent organic chemistry guide to accompany my university textbooks...the diagrams are clear and the chapters, sections and subsections are appropriately named which makes it easy to find what you're looking for. "
- Amazon, January 2011
"This is an excellent textbook which covers nearly all the organic chemistry reactions you could ever need as an undergraduate! I can't fault the content--everything is explained clearly with plenty of diagrams and reaction mechanisms."
- Amazon, December 2009
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