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Asimov on Chemistry(1974)
(A book in the Asimov on... series)
A non fiction book by Isaac Asimov
A collection of seventeen essays selected from Isaac Asimov's earlier works on the various fields of chemistry-inorganic, nuclear, organic, biochemistry and geochemistry-updated and enriched by new photographs with extensive captions. Here is Asimov at his best-explaining the mysteries of the phlogiston theory (in 1700 it was believed that inflammable substances burned according to the amount of phlogiston they contained), deciphering those tongue-twisting names for organic compounds ("alpha-dee-glucosido-beta-dee-fructofuranoside" is ordinary table sugar), exploring the possibilities of life on other planets (based on ammonia, methane, or sulfur, on Jupiter, Saturn, or Mercury), and offering practical applications of scientific theories (man's excessive pollution of the atmosphere could change Earth's geology and eliminate future Ice Ages). With a remarkable background in chemistry and an unbounded imagination, Dr. Asimov takes us on a trip from the inner workings of the atom to the outer reaches of the solar system.
June 1974 : USA Hardback
August 1975 : UK Paperback
1974 : USA Mass Market Paperback