'If you want a really good book about organic chemistry get "Organic Chemistry" by Clayden, Greeves, Warren & Wothers' Christian Aichinger, Organic Chemistry Blog
What strikes the reader straight away is the way the text is laid out so that it is visually exciting. ...I could go on, so let me end by congratulating the authors and publishers in producing what I am sure will become the standard text in organic chemistry. Perhaps I should just summarise how I felt about the book when I came to put it down: refreshing, exciting and motivational. Tony Barrett, Imperial College London
"The authors should be congratulated for compiling a book that should prove very popular with our students...the text is very comprehensive and covers key areas in a very attractive and user friendly way. Thank you to OUP for publishing the book at a really good price". Dr Don Green, University of North London.
The most thorough and well written organic chemistry textbook out there. This book is absolutely essential for an undergraduate organic chemistry course as it covers:
1) What is Organic Chem.? 2) Organic Structures 3) Determining organic structure 4) Structure of molecules 5) Organic reactions 6) Nucleophilic addition to the carbonyl group 7) Delocalisation and conjugation 8) Acidity, basicity and pka 9) Organometallic reagents for c-c bonds 10) Conjugate addition 11) Proton NMR 12) Nucleophilic substitution at the carbonyl group 13) Equilibria, rates and mechanisms 14) Nucleophilic substitution at carbonyl with loss of oxygen 15) Review of spectroscopic methods 16) Stereochemistry 17) Nucleophilic substitution at saturated carbon 18) Conformational analysis 19) Elimination reactions 20) Electrophilic addition to alkenes 21) Formation of reactions of enols and enolates 22) Electrophilic aromatic substitution 23) Electrophilic alkenes 24) Chaemoselectivity: selectivity and protection 25) Synthesis in action 26) Alkylation of enolates 27) Reactions of enolates with aldehydes and ketones 28) Acylation at carbon 29) Conj. addition of enolates 30) Retrosynthetic analysis 31) Controlling the geometry of double bonds 32) Determination of stereochemistry by spectrscopi methods 33) Stereoselective reaction of cyclic compounds 34) Diastereoselectivity 35) Pericyclic reactions 1: cycloadditions 36) Pericyclic reactions 2: sigmatropic + electrocyclic 37) Rearrangements 38) Fragmentation 39) Radical reactions 40) Synthesis and reactions of carbenes 41) Determining reaction mechanisms 42) Saturated heterocycles and stereoelectronics 43) Aromatic heterocycles 1: structure and reactions 44) Aromatic heterocycles 2: synthesis 45) Asymmetric synthesis 46) Organo-main-group chemistry 1: sulfur 47) Organo-main-group chemistry 2: boron, silicon and tin 48) Organometallic chemistry 49) The chemistry of life 50) Mechanisms of biological chemistry 51) Natural products 52) Polymerisation 53) Organic chemistry today
Totalling some 1500 pages of material making it a weighty tome.
Each chapter thoroughly explains the principles with a multitude of illustrated examples to demonstrate each point, references to previous chapters to aid cementing in of the knowledge and references to where it will be key in the future. The end of each chapter has a good set of examples to help you apply the theory but worked answers must be purchased separately. The approach of the authors makes it extremely accessible, to the extent that someone with no prior knowledge could use and learn from it, but is also an excellent text for the more advanced years of your degree (years 3,4 and 5) whereas those offered by McMurry fall short in the latter years
Some things are a little off as at later times it can linger on smaller points and suffers from some more inaccurate catalytic cycles though this could be more the fault of the literature available on some of the cycles.
All in all, this is the text you want for an undergrad course but at the same time is a brilliant reference text for once you have finished and go into industry or further education.
Last week I ordered "Organic Chemistry" for my son at University. As we are on a tight budget we looked at Amazon Deals to see if there was anything affordable. We took a chance on the description "good condition" for a second-hand book, the price was affordable AND free delivery to Uni in Birmingham, which was a huge bonus..so we went ahead and ordered the book. It was duly delivered to my son at Uni within about 4 days..he is delighted. He said the book is in REALLY good condition, looks barely used. I have recommended to friends that the descriptions for second hand books on Warehouse Deals can be trusted..it is important when you are posting them away to others without having seen them first. Many thanks.
the book is one of the best for those who are looking for a proper Organic Chemistry book. Plenty of reactions and plenty of mechanisms are described and all the pictures are easy to understand. The book itself is heavy, no problem with that, but it would be a pain to store it in a bookshelf because of the covers, they are really thin and I guess that's the reason why is that cheap. Anyway I rated it with 4 stars because I bought it for the chemistry, not for the covers. Go for it. Delivery was fast, but try to be at home or to let one of your neighbours know, otherwise you'll need to pick it up in your closest mail delivery office!
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is considering Chemistry at an undergraduate level, it has really helped extend my knowledge post-A-Levels. I liked that this book has many historical references as well as scientific fact. This book especially helps with explaining difficult concepts with the use of many diagrams as illustrations. The only criticism I would have is that even though the book does feature some practice questions, there are few.
i am studying for a chemistry degree and this is very clear and helpful in explaining reaction mechanisms. it also has a lode of examples and shows all the theories needed up until the third year whee it would need to be supplemented (still useful though)