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Not good as an introductory text . . and beware the international edition
on January 9, 2012
I can see how you might want to have this text as a reference book, but it's not a great introduction to the subject of physical chemistry. There are numerous derivations (which, as another reviewer noted, often skip several steps and can be hard to follow), but not a lot of explanation of concepts. I found it extremely dry (yes, more so than other textbooks), and didn't think it was particularly clear.
One good thing about this text is the "math chapters" interspersed throughout. It was nice to be able to brush up on numerical methods, partial differentiation, etc. as needed. But overall, for a better introductory text, I'd recommend Thomas Engel's Physical Chemistry.
Also, you should know that the international edition is identical to the US one . . . until chapter 24, when the international ed. suddenly omits several entire chapters. I had the US edition so I don't know exactly what is missing, but a classmate was freaking out.