So first the good news. This book is much easier to grasp onto than anything I ever saw back in school. Perhaps if I had used this text in high school, I would have only failed chemistry once, rather than multiple times. It goes at a good pace and builds on itself very nicely, using real world examples that you can wrap your head around and grasp why chemistry is such an important and ubiquitous science that's worth understanding. To me that makes it all the more puzzling that there are so many places in the book that basically put a damper on the reader's motivation explaining that one point or another doesn't really need to be understood for passing the exam. To my mind it makes no sense to tie such a down to earth and engaging text so closely to the importance of passing an exam, as if to say "don't worry about the fun and interesting things, just make sure you get enough points to pass your course and move on with your life."
The other thing that I can't get my mind around is how it is possible for such an impressive and revered institution as Cambridge to misprint the periodic table in a Chemistry textbook. (Indium is where Iridium should be). Of all the things you would expect to be absolutely right in any chemistry textbook, the periodic table has to be pretty high on the priorities.
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4th Revised edition edition (July 31, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781107615038
- ISBN-13: 978-1107615038
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