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The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry Paperback – May 3, 2005
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About the Author
Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain math, history, science, and other big subjects for more than forty years. He has been a calculus instructor at Harvard (where he earned his BA and MA in mathematics) and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and he is currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Craig Criddle is a professor of environmental engineering and science at Stanford University and has written numerous scientific papers.
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Top Customer Reviews
It also includes highlights of chemistry that illustrate how chemical principles were discovered.
And it also illustrates in an interesting manner the applications and importance of chemistry.
If you are about to take your first chemistry class or have never had a chemistry class, this book will be a good introduction to chemistry. Or if it has been awhile since you have had chemistry this book may be an interesting review.
Note: While interesting reading, this book would be too light to be used as a text book for a class. It makes an interesting supplement.
I have long said that we teach science backward. We still teach on a 19th Century model. We start with biology, then chemistry, and finally physics.
Even when I was in high school, I wished that I could take physics before chemistry. Before I was elected as a school board director, I was on our district's Gifted Advisory Council. I made the suggestion that we teach physics before chemistry and, then, biology last. I was immediately shot down by one of the other parents on the basis that sophomores do not have the math courses under their belts to tackle physics. So why not teach the math along with the science? Integrate it. (No, that would make it too relevant.)
I felt vindicated when a friend of mine reported that she attended a lecture by a Nobel laureate making the same assertion that I had been making for years-we teach science backwards. After all, the toughest course out there is biochemistry-at least that is what every med student I know has ever said. And biochemistry is the new frontier for blockbuster innovations-nano-technology not being the least of these frontiers.
Gonick underscores my assertion about teaching physics first, because in this book on chemistry, he introduces quantum mechanics, which is normally taught as physics, on page 28.Read more ›
The book has 12 chapters, and like the other guides it covers a history of the subject, as well as a good overview of the subject, and there is a lot to cover with Chemistry. From the early days of alchemy, through the discover of the atom, through reactions, states of matter, solutions, acids and bases, thermodynamics and electrochemistry and finishing up with a chapter on organic chemistry, Criddle and Gonick try to give a little taste of everything to the reader.
This book serves well as an introduction, overview, history of the subject, or a refresher. This guide works well when combined with the Physics and Genetics guide, as there are certainly areas of crossover between the books. Because of the wide variety of topics contained in this book, if you are using it as an introduction, you may want to break it apart and use it to introduce a few topics, then spend some more in depth time on those topics, before moving on to some more sections of this book.
As a note of caution, this book is a good supplement, but I wouldn't replace a regular intro chem book with this... Also, the order material is presented here is probably different than your text so additional explanation / research may be needed to understand.
I teach chemistry and highly recommend it for visual people struggling to picture some of the concepts or searching for a brush up review of chemistry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes learning this hard subject a little more fun. Great as a supplemental or introductory resource but can't stand on its own without dryer more serious texts.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for beginners to learn the core concepts and get the fundamentals for learning chemistry. I recommend this book to anyone learning chemistry 1Published 3 months ago by Jonathan
Sure, not all of the material is 100% accurate but it does provide an interesting review for chemistry students and into for soon to be chemistry students. Quick and easy read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paula
Good book. I read this over the summer before taking chem 305 to get familiar with Chemistry. It's fun to read and the cartoons are cute. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jessica Baker
My 10th grader is using this as a primer before we begin Chemistry 101. It is a big book and is packed with information. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Family
Daughter reads this every day. She loves it! She doesn't like school work, but loves this book!Published 4 months ago by gray
As a homeschooler parent, this series is the best - cartoons to teach science principlesPublished 5 months ago by Kat R.
I am currently majoring in Biochemistry and this cartoon guide is a great refresher and explains everything in the simplest way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by melissa miranda