"Fleming uses nonquantitative molecular orbital theory to explain many common phenomena in organic chemistry. As such, this is a very powerful tool for students of advanced organic chemistry. Much of what is taken simply on faith or with some hand waving in sophomore organic chemistry can be readily explained with molecular orbital theory, which is usually considered too advanced for students at that level. Though this book could be used as the primary textbook for a course solely on molecular orbitals in organic chemistry, it will more likely be used as a reference source for an advanced organic chemistry course for upper-level undergraduates or graduate students." (CHOICE, August 2010)
"The new 'Fleming' is a must for every lecturer and every student of chemistry—a fantastic book. In this new form the textbook will last for another 30 years and remain as fresh as did its predecessor!" (Angewandte Chemie International Edition March 2010)
From the Back Cover
Molecular orbital theory I used by chemists to describe the arrangement of electrons in chemical structures. It is also a theory capable of giving some insight into the forces involved in the making and breaking of chemical bonds – the chemical reactions that are often the focus of an organic and breaking of chemical bonds – the chemical reactions that are often the focus of an organic chemist’s interest. Organic chemists with a serious interest in understanding and explaining their work usually express their ideas in molecular orbital terms, so much so that it is now an essential component or every organic chemist’s stills to have some acquaintance with molecular orbital theory.
Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions is both a simplified account of molecular orbital theory and a review of it applications in organic chemistry; it provides a basic introduction to the subject and a wealth of illustrative examples. In this book molecular orbital theory is presented in a much simplified, and entirely non-mathematical language, accessible to every organic chemist, whether student or research worker, whether mathematically competent or not. Topics covered include:
Molecular Orbital Theory
Molecular Orbitals and the Structures of Organic Molecules
Chemical Reactions – How Far and How Fast
Ionic Reactions – Reactivity
Ionic Reactions – Stereochemistry
Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions: Student Edition serves in a sense as a second edition of the author’s influential earlier book Frontier Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions, but has been completely rewritten, greatly enlarging the chapters on molecular orbital theory itself, and on the theoretical basis for the principle of hard and soft acids and bases, and a whole chapter on the stereochemistry of the fundamental organic reactions. Correlation diagrams have been added to the discussion of pericyclic chemistry, and a great deal more in that, the largest chapter. A number of new topics, both omissions from the earlier book and work that has taken place in the intervening years, are included, and there are more words of caution in discussing frontier orbital theory itself.
Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions: Student Edition is an individual textbook on this important subject for student or organic, physical organic and computational chemistry.