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Organic Chemistry 1st Edition

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"It is veru useful, and it is very different from other student books. I think it is clearly written..." Organische- Chemie.

`"The book is brilliant - we have been waiting for up to 25 years for a decent British text".' John Mann, Professor of Biol. Chemistry, Queens University Belfast

`"This is a book we have all been waiting for! It is based on sound mechanistic reasoning and contains thousands of useful examples for teaching. Its style is approachable and covers both fundamental and more advanced material".' Adam Nelson, Lecturer, University of Leeds

"a magnificent resource", Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, v. 40 no. 12, June 2001

`"The book gives a comprehensive overview of undergraduate-level organic chemistry and is suitable for all 3 years of a BSc degree. The writing and illustrations are very clear and easy".' Dr J G Knight, Lecturer, Newcastle University

`"It is a very modern book showing nicely the interaction between organic chemistry and daily life. It has an unusaul and exciting format".' Frank-Gerrit Klarner, Prof. Dr., Universitat Essen

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Jonathan Clayden is at University of Manchester. Nick Greeves is at University of Liverpool.


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  • Paperback: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198503466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198503460
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 2.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A. Jogalekar VINE VOICE on October 13, 2002
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This is undoubtedly the best modern book for learning Organic Chemistry. It simply cannot be compared with any of the traditional texts like Morrison and Boyd, because it presents Organic Chemical research as a cutting edge science of the present and future. Since it was first published in 2001, in this book you will find accounts of reactions and reagents that you will simply not find in any similar text. From Suzuki, Heck, and Sonogashira couplings to very important new reactions like Grubbs' olefin metathesis, it covers the whole gamut of current organic chemistry. The most important and fascinating aspect of the book is the almost countless examples of modern drugs, pesticides and other molecules that are presented to illustrate the reactions. In this, for example, one can find the example of how the simple concept of pKa of acids was used in the synthesis of Ranitidine, the best selling drug of today. Or a separate interesting chapter on Sulfur chemistry and Asymmetric Synthesis as applied to important problems in Biology and Medicine.
In fact, the whole approach is very much bioorganic as well as highly practical. From this book, we learn how organic chemistry is used in a highly exciting manner by real life chemists solving real life problems. It truly conveys the excitement in organic chemistry as practiced today. I believe that if you can thoroughly grasp the principles in this book, you are probably comparable to the best organic chemistry graduate in the world. The informal and honest style of the authors is almost too good to believe. Boxed material which contains key points and the colour used in the book make it a very attractive one. The book is a source of an incredible amount of information. The authors must have really spent a lot of efforts in writing it. Truly a book for the 21st century.
A book which is an absolute must on the shelves of practicing chemists and students alike.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2000
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This book is very good for the students who already have the intro organic chem. I actually bought this book to review the material for my organic synthesis final exam and I am very satisfied. The book covers the reactions and machanisms that are very up-to-date. A lot of them cannot be found in typical intro, American orgo textbook, but they are essential in total synthesis these days. Some of these are Mitsunobu reaction, Heck reaction, Stille coupling, Dieckeman rearrangement, etc. I think the book will also fit the grad student who are seeking to review basic material for cumulative exam, though one should also consult more advance books like March's or Carey's advanced orgo chem all along in this case. I actually found the book rather synthesis-oriented, but it does give enough explanation in terms of molecular orbitals to understand why reactions occur in certain way. However, one should also be aware that the explanations may be quite basic and might not satisfy the hardcore physical organic chemist, but again, quite sufficient for synthetic chemist. I really like the authors' style because they do not only tell you reaction in great details, but they also give you its utility in real world of organic synthesis. They also make extensive connections between chapters and help the reader to understand the big picture.

If you are seeking the intro orgo chem textbook, I think this one may very well be applicable, but be prepared to wrok hard on it because there are a lot more materials than typical intro orgo book and extensive connections between chapters. But for sure, one will gain rigorous foundation for more advanced class like organic synthesis.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sreenivasa Anugu on November 14, 2001
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I bought this book on the suggestion of one of the reviewers to get an overview of fundamentals of Organic Chemistry in my way to clear cumulative examinations.I'm in total agreement with the previous reviewers.I went through many of the undergrad texts in organic and I'm certain that this is the best among available.This is really a 21st cetury organic text.The approach adopted is very personal(as if the authors were directly talking to you).The language used was piquant.This book is a bonanza of information.The good things about this book are they used pKa values to predict the rates of different reactions and they widely used the MOT to interpret the reaction mechanism and stereochemistry in many reactions.They made the embittered subject caviar to the general. Students who have read this book can't be overwhelmed by the mind boggling mechanisms their professors write. I would also like to suggest Norman & Coxon's "Principles of Organic Synthesis"(published by nelsonthornes)for a comprehensive coverage of synthesis stuff.That's a reader friendly text and gives you the logic of synthesis(unlike the Carey's book that presents all the reactions sequentially which are often not rationalized)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Margel Bonifacio on January 2, 2005
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I'm a Ph.D. in chemistry student here at University of Nevada and had troubles the past two semesters in passing the written comprehensive exam. I wrote this review to show my utmost appreciation to the authors. They really did a good job in writing this book making every organic chemistry concepts simple and easy to understand; not to mention the inclusion of "arrow-pushing" mechanisms and the latest trend in medicinal chemistry. The book however, is not free from errors but don't fret as they can be easily pinpointed by any serious chemistry graduate student. You can also check out the book's website to see the corrections. To other advanced chemistry students out there, buy this book and you will be thankful for having it. I have more advanced books in my possesion but I value this book the most.
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