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Organic Chemistry 4th Edition
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I ended up getting another organic chemistry textbook to complement it. Still one of the most understandable organic textbook around, though.
This book is simply marvelous. It has plenty of stimulating illustrations and examples, and its many problems progress gradually from trivial to challenging and instructive. (I did every end-of-chapter problem for the first eleven chapters, and the resulting factual retention and depth of understanding have served me extremely well.) But, most importantly, its exposition is rock-solid, full of the lucid analogies and consistent mechanistic logic that make organic chemistry tractable. It was telling that I started to get irritated with the book after 800 or so pages. When I asked myself why, I realized that it was no fault of the text but simply that fact that Loudon had already improved my thinking so greatly that I was constantly anticipating him! The study guide/solutions manual is also indispensable - it has fully worked-out solutions to every single problem as well as "Study Guide Links" covering more peripheral (but often very interesting and useful) material.
To be sure, the book is on the wordy side, and it is not completely comprehensive, though these attributes are quite acceptable in an introduction. To a p-chem kid like me, the treatment of the physical phenomena underlying NMR and IR spectroscopy was far too superficial, though the explanations were fine for structure determination.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has received much praise from chemistry greats like Evans and Grubbs, and it is a good book. The treatment of pericyclic reactions is fairly complete and clear. Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by Y. Wang
I got this book for pretty good deal for a text book but the price of the book got dropped because edition 5 came out. Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by H. D. Shin
It's a great text. However, the person who sold me my copy should be barred from Amazon. That person has no concept on what is considered to be "like new": The book that I bought... Read morePublished on September 20, 2007 by Chris Acer
I have found this text to be well written and very helpful. Organic Chemistry is quite difficult in general, but this book takes you through everything in a clear and concise... Read morePublished on April 19, 2006 by mlh