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Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds Hardcover – September 30, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0471016700 ISBN-10: 0471016705 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 1267 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 1 edition (September 30, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471016705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471016700
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.4 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds The first fully referenced, comprehensive book on this subject in more than thirty years, Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds contains up-to-date coverage and insightful exposition of all important new concepts, developments, and tools in the rapidly advancing field of stereochemistry, including:
* Asymmetric and diastereoselective synthesis
* Conformational analysis
* Properties of enantiomers and racemates
* Separation and analysis of enantiomers and diastereoisomers
* Developments in spectroscopy (including NMR), chromatography, and molecular mechanics as applied to stereochemistry
* Prostereoisomerism
* Conceptual foundations of stereochemistry, including terminology and symmetry concepts
* Chiroptical properties
Written by the leading authorities in the field, the text includes more than 4,000 references, 1,000 illustrations, and a glossary of stereochemical terms.

About the Author

ERNEST L. ELIEL is W. R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Stereochemistry of Carbon Compounds and Elements of Stereochemistry, coeditor of the Wiley series, Topics in Stereochemistry, and coauthor of Conformational Analysis. The recipient of numerous academic and scientific awards and honors, Professor Eliel is Past President of the American Chemical Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. SAMUEL H. WILEN is Professor of Chemistry at City College, City University of New York, where he has taught since 1957. Professor Wilen is the author of Tables of Resolving Agents and Optical Resolutions, coauthor of Enantiomers, Racemates and Resolutions, and coeditor of the Wiley series, Topics in Stereochemistry. LEWIS N. MANDER has been Professor of Chemistry at the Australian National University since 1980. He has held visiting appointments at Cambridge University, California Institute of Technology, and Harvard University. His research interests are concerned with the development of methods and strategies for the synthesis of complex organic molecules with a special interest in plant growth and development.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a classic book by a world-renowned expert. I am a practicing organic chemist, and this book has never failed to answer even the most obscure questions I have had about stereochemistry. It is highly recommended as an indispensible reference on the subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By achiral on April 9, 2008
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I bought this book about 5 months ago while taking an advanced organic synthesis class. I wasn't sure if it would be of help. But, there aren't many comparable stereochemistry books available.

The money was well spent!

If there's a common question regarding stereochemistry, it'll have the answer in there. If there's an obscure question regarding stereochemistry, it'll also have the answer. Kudos to the authors for cramming so much information into a text.

When I've needed more material than the text presents, ample references are provided. Bear in mind, I'm talking about exact experimental procedures, and not general experiments. The authors cover experiments, their significance, and references. When I've needed to duplicate an experiment, I check the references.

I have as yet to come across a stereochemistry question that the authors haven't addressed. This is surprising, since I'm knee deep in stereochemistry. Presently, the book in on my desk, not my bookshelf.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Jogalekar TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is still the single best book for learning stereochemistry, which is one of the most fundamental aspects of organic structure and synthesis, and it became an instant classic when it was first published in the 60s. Stereochemistry is a topic that comes up again and again in an important manner no matter what kind of research in chemistry you are doing. Ernest Eliel was probably the foremost expert in stereochemistry of his time, and even now, there is nothing which compares with his book. Luckily, he has updated it periodically. It now includes an excellent section on stereoselective synthesis, which drives research in both academics and industry. The earlier chapters on the stereochemistry of acyclic and cyclic systems (especially six membered rings) are updated and still remain the clearest explanations of conformation and reactivity that I have seen. They contain very basic and extremely important concepts which drive the reactivity of organic molecules in any reaction, including those in biological systems. I have this book on my shelf for six years now, and so do most of my professors. And we find that no matter what kind of reesearch question we are pondering, we often keep coming back to 'Eliel'. An indispensable reference.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bro on January 18, 2008
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I was not pleased with the organization of this book. It is certainly not a book that one would read more than a page here and a page there at one time, yet this book is over 1200 pages long. To me the best book for organic stereochemistry is Bernard Testa's "Principles of Organic Stereochemistry". In that book, unlike in Eliel's book, you can actually find what it is you are looking for. I would go so far as to say that Eliel's book is really not all that good of a referece book either. I have had numerous experiences from which I draw this conclusion. For example, I once needed to know how one assigns the configuration to an axially-asymmetric biphenyl compound. I first went to Eliel's book, because some people call this book "The Bible". However, after unsuccessfully searching the index/book for over 30 minutes to find the information I needed, I went to my trusty paperback copy of Testa's 248-page book. Sure enough, I had my answer in 5 minutes. Eliel may be the guru of stereochemistry, but if you value your own time, his big book should not be the only stereochemistry book on your bookshelf.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YAN LUPING on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a student in UBC. This book was recommended by the professor saying that it must be the bible for this subject, covering all!
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