The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry

The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Uses cartoons to discuss chemistry, covering the history of the field and examining such topics as acids, solutions, biochemistry, thermodynamics, logarithms, and physical and organic chemistry.


If you have ever suspected that "heavy water" is the title of a bootleg Pink Floyd album, believed that surface tension is an anxiety disorder, or imagined that a noble gas is the result of a heavy meal at Buckingham Palace, then you need The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry to set you on the road to chemical literacy.

You don't need to be a scientist to grasp these and many other complex ideas, because The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry explains them all: the history and basics of chemistry, atomic theory, combustion, solubility, reaction stoichiometry, the mole, entropy, and much more&;all explained in simple, clear, and yes, funny illustrations. Chemistry will never be the same!

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Gonick has been creating comic guides to history, science, and other subjects for over 30 years and is staff cartoonist for Muse magazine. He and Criddle (environmental engineering and science, Stanford U.) begin their cartoon guide with the history of chemistry and then present information accompanied by humorous illustrations covering subjects that students would learn in a college level chemistry class. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A leading scientist and an award-winning cartoonist team up to provide a complete, up-to-date course in college-level chemistry, covering the history of the scientific field, as well as such topics as physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, physics as chemistry, electrochemistry, and more. Original.

Publisher: New York : HarperResource, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060936778
Branch Call Number: 540.22 GO
Characteristics: p. cm
Additional Contributors: Criddle, Craig


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Aug 12, 2012

This was very enjoyable to read, and I actually gained some insight unlike other chemistry books I've read.

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Oct 04, 2010

This is an awesome book explaining all about Chemistry in a fun way. The drawing are hilarious and unique. If your confuse about the basic concept of chemistry, this book is definitely recommended!

Aug 17, 2010

This Larry Gonick guy is amazing in how he makes cartoon guides for science related subjects.It is fun book for those who would like to be introduced to chemistry in an entertaining and instinctive way.I liked how there is a bit of like a plot that goes along with what is being shown about chemistry.I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in chemistry,taking something chemistry related and/or likes comics.


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