9 May 2012 Review
Organic synthesis (3rd edn)
Textbook of organic chemistry
2012 | 640pp | £63.99 (HB)
Reviewed by Gan Shermer
Although the book would make a good reference text, it lacks the colour, pictures and ‘chemistry in context’ interest topics that are common to most currently available textbooks. This will perhaps make it less appealing to students. That said, each chapter is very well laid out, starting with the objectives and finishing with a summary of the key points, which would be very useful as revision aids for students.
Each topic is covered in a thorough manner, taking students from a basic introduction through to more advanced examples. A particular strength is the number of exercises and problems at the end of each chapter. These include knowledge recall exercises, problem solving questions and challenging assessments. These would be very useful to lecturers setting revision problems, in addition to students studying the course.
All in all, the textbook gives a very through grounding in organic chemistry and should be a useful reference text for any student who can look beyond the aesthetics.
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