This is not a bad book on the whole. I’m glad to see that collaboration with shriver has calmed Atkins’ somewhat complicated and irrational manner of describing things. Published by Oxford university press once again, this book is in the same series as Physical Chemistry by Atkins. The book is still vastly mono-colour, but the explanations of the topics covered seem to be fairly comprehensive and complete at this stage in my course. The text is written in easy to understand English, and not like Physical Chemistry which seems to be in some other obscure language unbeknown to me. The topics are explained fully from basics, building-up to more complicated examples as your knowledge increases. Worked example questions feature throughout the text and are a useful guide to check your understanding of a particular area of the work. I would say that this book is an essential buy for any undergraduate studying Chemistry. It is an essential reference book for anyone involved in this field. My only criticism of this book is, as with many all-in-one books, that sometimes specific areas are not sufficiently expanded upon. In these cases, it is necessary to turn my attention to other more specialised texts. Definitely worth the price, but not to be relied on exclusively.
Inorganic chemistry is an important subject, covering the chemistry of over 100 elements. This book conveys the important principles and facts in a way that is both understandable and enjoyable to undergraduates. Chemical facts are presented in a framework of interpretation. Thus, reactions and structures are presented within the context of broad chemical concepts and periodic trends. The material is reinforced with illustrations. Examples in the text help to illustrate important points, and end-of-chapter exercises and problems help to emphasize their importance.