A Dictionary of Chemistry (7th edition)

Richard Rennie; Jonathan Law
Pub date
Jan 2016
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  • Over 5000 entries on all aspects of chemistry—from physical chemistry to biochemistry
  • Greater breadth of content, increasing appeal to students interested in nuclear magnetic resonance, polymer chemistry, kinetics, and nanotechnology
  • Over 175 new entries for this edition, including graphene, nanocluster, polyprotic acid, and silicene
  • Includes diagrams, feature entries, and a number of appendices, among them the Greek alphabet, the periodic table, and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Chronologies chart the main discoveries in such fields as atomic theory, biochemistry, explosives, and plastics

New to this Edition:

  • Over 175 new entries for this edition, including graphenenanoclusterpolyprotic acid, and silicene
  • New diagrams have been added and existing diagrams have been updated
  • Broader coverage in areas such as nuclear magnetic resonance, polymer chemistry, nanotechnology and graphene, and absolute configuration

Fully revised and updated, the seventh edition of this popular dictionary is the ideal reference resource for students of chemistry, either at school or at university. With over 5000 entries—over 175 new to this edition—it covers all aspects of chemistry, from physical chemistry to biochemistry. 

The seventh edition boasts broader coverage in areas such as nuclear magnetic resonancepolymer chemistrynanotechnology and graphene, and absolute configuration, increasing the dictionary's appeal to students in these fields. 

New diagrams have been added and existing diagrams updated to illustrate topics that would benefit from a visual aid. There are also biographical entries on key figures, featured entries on major topics such as polymers and crystal defects, and a chronology charting the main discoveries in atomic theory, biochemistry, explosives, and plastics.


Editors and Contributors
Dictionary of Chemistry A-Z
Atomic Theory Chronology
Biochemistry Chronology
Crystal Defects (Feature)
Explosives Chronology
Plastics Chronology
Polymers (Feature)
The Greek alphabet
Fundamental constants
SI units
The electromagnetic spectrum
The periodic table
The chemical elements
Organic functional groups
Nobel prizewinners
Useful websites

About the author: 

Edited by Richard Rennie, University of Cambridge, and Jonathan Law, Market House Books
Richard Rennie has conducted research at the Universities of Aberdeen, Oxford, Cambridge, and California, Santa Barbara. His main interest is in the theory of the structure of matter. He has written a number of articles and reviews. He has contributed to several reference books including A Dictionary of Physics and the Dictionary of Chemistry. He wrote the Facts on File Dictionary of Atomic and Nuclear Physics which was published in 2003. He has taught mathematics, physics, and chemistry at various Sixth Form Colleges and is a Senior Invigilator for the University of Cambridge.

Jonathan Law (BA) is an editor at Market House Books Ltd.

Editor for previous editions
John Daintith Bsc PhD

B. S. Beckett BSc, BPhil, MA (Ed)
R. A. Hands BSc
Michael Lewis MA 

John Clark BSc
H. M. Clarke MA, MSc
R. Cutler BSc
Derek Cooper PhD, FRIC
D. E. Edwards BSc, MSc
David Eric Ward BSc, MSc, PhD

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