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Atkins, P. W. (Peter William) 1940-

Works: 387 works in 2,071 publications in 6 languages and 42,351 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Dictionaries  Textbooks  History 
Roles: Editor, Thesis advisor, Contributor, Creator, Other, Interviewee, Illustrator, Author of introduction
Classifications: QD453.2, 541.3
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Most widely held works by P. W Atkins
Physical chemistry by P. W Atkins ( Book )
212 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"With its modern perspective on physical chemistry, its wealth of contemporary applications, vivid full-color presentation, and dynamic new media tools, the thoroughly revised new edition is again the most modern, most effective textbook available for the physical chemistry classroom." -- Back cover
The periodic kingdom : a journey into the land of the chemical elements by P. W Atkins ( Book )
33 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Just how does the periodic table help us make sense of the world around us? Using vivid imagery, ingenious analogies, and liberal doses of humor, P.W. Atkins answers this question. He shows us that the Periodic Kingdom is a systematic place. Detailing the geography, history, and governing institutions of this imaginary landscape, he demonstrates how physical similarities can point to deeper affinities, and how the location of an element can be used to predict its properties." "Atkins tells us about the cosmic origins of the elements and introduces the intrepid explorers and cartographers who expanded the frontiers of the kingdom: Humphry Davy, the nineteenth-century chemist who identified and catalogued several of the common metallic elements; Dmitri Mendeleev, the Russian scientist who (legend has it) saw in a dream the prototype of the modern periodic table; and the Manhattan Project scientists who originated the techniques still used today to map the dangerously radioactive regions."--Jacket
Molecular quantum mechanics by P. W Atkins ( Book )
89 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Quantum mechanics embraces the behaviour of all known forms of matter, including the atoms and molecules from which we, and all living organisms, are composed. Molecular Quantum Mechanics leads us through this absorbing yet challenging subject, unravelling the fundamental physical principles that explain how all matter behaves. Fully updated to reflect the latest advances in computational techniques, and enhanced with more mathematical support and worked examples than ever before, Molecular Quantum Mechanics remains the ultimate resource for those wishing to master this important subject."--BOOK JACKET
Four laws that drive the universe by P. W Atkins ( Book )
14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal, and from the unfurling of a leaf to the course of life itself - everything is directed and constrained by four simple laws. Atkins' explains what the laws are and how they work
Molecules by P. W Atkins ( Book )
21 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Portrays the structures of the substances that make up our everyday world
The laws of thermodynamics a very short introduction by P. W Atkins ( )
11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas or the cooling of tea, to the unfolding of a thought in our minds and even the course of life itself, everything is governed by the four Laws of Thermodynamics. These laws specify the nature of 'energy' and 'temperature', and establish the arrow of time: why things change and why death must come." "Originally published as Four Laws that Drive the Universe, this topic is now brought into the Very Short Introduction series. Explaining the basis and deeper implications of each law and highlighting its relevance with everyday examples, Atkins uses the minimum of mathematics to introduce concepts such as entropy and free energy, and takes us to the brink of absolute zero of temperature, and beyond."--BOOK JACKET
Quanta : a handbook of concepts by P. W Atkins ( Book )
39 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elements of physical chemistry by P. W Atkins ( Book )
109 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This revision of the introductory textbook of physical chemistry has been designed to broaden its appeal, particularly to students with an interest in biological applications
The second law by P. W Atkins ( Book )
35 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in English and held by 1,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Asymmetry in nature: hot objects cool, but cool objects do not spontaneously become hot. A bouncing ball comes to rest, but a stationary ball does not spontaneously begin to bounce
Galileo's finger : the ten great ideas of science by P. W Atkins ( Book )
21 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Publisher's description: Galileo's Finger takes the reader on an extraordinary journey that embraces the ten central ideas of current science. "By a great idea," writes Peter Atkins, "I mean a simple concept of great reach, an acorn of an idea that ramifies into a great oak tree of application, a spider of an idea that can spin a great web and draw in a feast of explanation and elucidation." With wit, charm, and patience, Atkins leads the reader to an understanding of the essence of the whole of science, from evolution and the emergence of complexity, to entropy, the spring of all change in the universe; from energy, the universalization of accountancy, to symmetry, the quantification of beauty; and from cosmology, the globalization of reality, to spacetime, the arena of all action
Inorganic chemistry by D. F Shriver ( Book )
79 editions published between 1972 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The student of inorganic chemistry must master the chemistry of the elements. This presentation of the subject provides factual information and important principles within the context of broad chemical concepts and periodic trends
Reactions : the private life of atoms by P. W Atkins ( Book )
17 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Uses illustrations to discuss the various chemical reactions, both simple and complex, between atoms and molecules
Atkins' Physical chemistry by P. W Atkins ( Book )
60 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume features a greater emphasis on the molecular view of physical chemistry and a move away from classical thermodynamics. It offers greater explanation and support in mathematics which remains an intrinsic part of physical chemistry
Liquid materialities a history of milk, science, and the law by P. W Atkins ( )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As a food, milk has been revered and ignored, respected and feared. This is a history of two centuries of struggle to bring it under control, to manipulate its naturally variable composition and, as a result, to redraw the boundaries between nature and society
Atoms, electrons, and change by P. W Atkins ( Book )
11 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reveals the links between an atom's structure and its chemical destiny showing how an atom makes its passage through nature
Atkins' molecules by P. W Atkins ( Book )
9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
New edition of the book that was called 'the most beautiful chemistry book ever written'
Solutions manual for Physical chemistry by P. W Atkins ( Book )
97 editions published between 1978 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The creation by P. W Atkins ( Book )
6 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nieuwe opvatting over het ontstaan van het heelal
What is chemistry? by P. W Atkins ( Book )
10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Most people remember chemistry from their schooldays as a subject that was largely incomprehensible, fact-rich but understanding-poor, smelly, and so far removed from the real world of events and pleasures that there seemed little point, except for the most introverted, in coming to terms with its grubby concepts, spells, recipes, and rules. The author wants to change all that. In this book he encourages us to look at chemistry anew, through a chemist's eyes, to understand its central concepts and to see how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture. Here he sets out the basic principles of chemistry and celebrates its great achievements. Its harmful products, such as pollution, are recognized, but the solutions he shows, also frequently lie in chemistry
Chemical principles : the quest for insight by P. W Atkins ( Book )
60 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Written for general chemistry courses, 'Chemical Principles' helps students develop chemical insight by showing the connection between chemical principles and their applications
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