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Pericyclic Reactions (Oxford Chemistry Primers, 67) Paperback – November 19, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0198503071 ISBN-10: 0198503075

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  • Series: Oxford Chemistry Primers, 67 (Book 67)
  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198503075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198503071
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The Oxford chemistry primers are now firmly rooted in the hearts (and I hope the minds) of both students and teacher of chemistry...The established text is of course Fleming's excellent account of the area : Frontier orbitals and organic chemical reactions...Quite simply, this is an excellent workbook for studying pericyclic reactions from concept to application. Fleming has done an extraordinary job in producing a text on what many perceive as a difficult subject, whyich is accessible to beginners and useful reading for reputed experts./Christopher G. Frost/Chemistry in Britain.

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Dr Ian Fleming, Reader in Organic Chemistry, University of Cambridge. Tel: 01223 336 372. Email: if10000@cam.ac.uk

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo on March 9, 2002
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If you want to learn pericyclic chemistry (with no mathematics), this book is the right choice. For understanding the text, is only necesary to have a little background in order to get an idea about the subject of the boook (most organic chemistry books, for example: John McMurry or T. R. W. Graham Solomons classic texts, have a chapter about this kind of reactions and reviewing them will be enough).
Fleming's writing style is so easy to asimilate, and the book really "teaches" you the basic principles: mechanisms, Woodward-Hoffmann rules, stereochemistry prediction (and tells you "why" it is like this), exceptions and their possible explanations.
There are examples all over the text, but the most important thing....It has end-of-chapter problems, and "their answers" too (so you can check if you have done it well).
After trying it, I got some skills about this kind of reactions and they allow me to face some "Advanced Organic Chemistry" books, without "feeling scared of them" any more.
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By webscribbler on December 10, 2014
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I would say if you're an organic chemist at the advanced undergrad or grad level, this is a very handy reference for all pericyclic reactions.

Fleming is an amazing writer. For the publication date, this writing really stands the test of time. It reads crisp and clear, which has personally saved time by preventing having to wade through piles of articles, or thick and dense texts, which usually only contain a subsection on pericyclic reactions. This is an entire book on these reactions, which covers a good deal of all of them, in more detail than I would ever need for the majority.

I like the references at the end of each chapter, though he mainly references other textbooks, only occasionally the literature. There's extensive discussion of the Diels-Alder, which goes into substituent effects and orbital coefficients without becoming overly theoretical and mathematical. The figures are very good, which makes understanding easy, particularly in the sigmatropic rearrangements chapter. I've been searching for quite some time on the succinct, advanced explanations in this book.

Just make sure you get a copy that hasn't been used and abused.
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By Francisco Palacios on March 7, 2014
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I needed something for my organic class that could help me understand these topics of orbitals and their interactions, and this book is an excellent introduction. It explains the four pericyclic reactions in a way its clear, without the use of mathmatics that maybe it could generate some confusion.
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By SRIPATHY on November 2, 2014
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GOOD BUT NOT BEST.
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