Know It All Chemistry

The 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Chemistry, Each Explained in Under a Minute

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Pub Date 01 Jun 2017 | Archive Date 29 Aug 2017


Chemistry can be a daunting subject for someone on the outside, that's exactly why Know It All Chemistry is here to show you the basics!

As the central science that bridges biology and physics, chemistry explains the diversity of all things tangible at a molecular level. If you come to understand the inner workings of chemistry, you can understand everything, because chemistry is the science of matter -- its composition, structure, properties, and how it changes.

Know It All Chemistry is your key to jumping into this massive subject. As you read through this beautifully designed book, you'll learn why some things oxidize and others explode; why food is good to eat and coal is not. As you come to understand chemistry and know what reasonable expectations you can have of a product, and how to separate fact from fiction. Chemistry is the heart of cooking, it can keep you safe, and it explains why things work. This book brings the subject out of the lab and boils it down to its essential elements.

The Know It All takes a revolutionary approach to learning about the subjects you really feel you should understand but have never gotten around to studying. Each book selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Each idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one picture, all digestible in under a minute.

Other titles in this series include: Know It All Anthropology, Know It All Classical Music, Know It All Energy, Know It All Fashion, Know It All Great Inventions, Know It All Jazz, Know It All Medicine, Know It All Shakespeare, Know It All Whiskey, Know It All Wine, Space In 30 Seconds, Sports in 30 Seconds.

Chemistry can be a daunting subject for someone on the outside, that's exactly why Know It All Chemistry is here to show you the basics!

As the central science that bridges biology and physics,...

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This is a cool little book. A lot of solid information on Chemistry for the layman.

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As I'm an ignorant person, I liked this book a lot because starting from the bases it gave me the most important concepts in a very clear way. I would love to read a book from this series on many others topics.

Siccome sono una persona ignorante, questo libro mi è piaciuto molto, perché partendo dalle basi mi ha dato tutte le nozioni piú importanti in modo molto chiaro. Sono molti altri gli argomenti sui quali vorrei leggere un libro del genere.


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As someone not naturally interested in Chemistry, I found this surprisingly engaging and interesting-- it introduces things in a way that makes them accessible and exciting, and I really enjoyed it!

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Great introduction to chemistry

The contributors and editor of this book created a fun, easy to read introduction to chemistry. All the explanations are clear and written in a conversational tone. And each entry is accompanied by a beautiful illustration. The only fault I found with the book is the claim that each concept is explained in under a minute. I don’t think that statement is accurate as I took longer than that for each one. Nonetheless, the book was fun and I recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about chemistry.

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Chemistry was one of my favorite topics in college until organic chemistry. Then I couldn't wait for the semesters to be over. The labs were always great.

This is a great refresher book to just remind myself of the younger years and lots of caffeine. However, I do think that despite the "one minute learning" that this book offers for each topic, someone without a background in the subject matter would still be lost. It's hard to be a laymen's book for any of the sciences unless it's a "pop science" book. This book does try hard and I'd recommend for anyone currently in a chemistry class to just use it as a backup.

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As I always say, any book on science and math that uses colorful images, charts and illustrations, automatically gets an A+.

Know it All Chemistry has this and more going for it; I highly recommend it- but only as a companion to studying chemistry on a deeper level.

If you are looking for a simple, easy to understand book for help on areas dealing with tough topics like ionic bonding and chemical equations, this book is for you.

I wish this book was available when I was taking honors chemistry in the tenth grade years ago. The class was tough. Thank goodness for sites like Khan Academy and Thought Co. where you can learn this subject and more for free. There are also several books you can buy to help you with chemistry.

Earlier, I mentioned that this book is better paired with a deeper study of chemistry.

I say this because the book is broken into one minute bites- chapters that give you the bare bones about specific topics and even runs down the timelines of famous chemists and theorists.

A fascinating fact I learned from reading the book was about the Yew Tree. This tree is very special even though on the surface it seems it may not be. Chemists have found out that its bark actually has cancer fighting agents in it.

In summation, I find this book to be very much needed as a companion to whatever you are using to study chemistry now. Highly recommended!

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I feel like I learned some things with this. Although it wasn't as easy to download as other books. Hoping it helps me help my son with chemistry class this year.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley.

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A nice introduction book on huge amount of areas that make up the field of chemistry.

Its nicely written, easy to understand, gives a good "vocabulary" to know and learn throughout this book as well as a great overview on important people in the field and a more in-depth summary of their lives.

If you want to get a better understanding of chemistry, or if you are someone that always struggled with the topic in school and want to finally be able to understand the basics?
This is a wonderful book to read!

All in all a nicely put together book, that I would highly recommend it to any one that is interested in learning more on chemistry.

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An excellent summary of chemistry concepts - for review, or to get an overview if you've always wondered what chemistry is about. The guide includes lots of quick facts, such as "3-second" summaries of critical information, vocabulary definitions at the beginning of each section, and single page summaries of chemistry concepts with illustrations.

This covered some pretty advanced chemistry concepts - not just molecules, reactions and states of matter, but on into organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

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Know-It-All Chemistry: The 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Chemistry, Each Explained in Under a Minute, edited by Nivaldo J. Tro, is a nifty little book made up of bite-sized and easy-to-understand concepts of chemistry.

As a chemistry graduate student, it wasn’t exactly new information, but I can appreciate its simplicity in making chemistry accessible to everyone, especially to those that never took another chemistry course beyond high school.

Each page contained a different topic, with a quick, one-sentence summary in the margin. This book basically covers everything, from the basics of atoms and bonding to the states of matter to chemical reactions, to broad overviews of major areas of study, namely inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

Although the cover isn’t necessarily entirely eye-catching (green and white on a background of gray), the pictures inside are. They are colorful, fun, and serve to reinforce the theme on the mirroring page.

All-in-all, if you want to learn a little something about chemistry, I think this book is interesting and you should give it a go. I don’t know how it compares to other similar books on the market, but I liked its short and concise topics mixed with fun and colorful pictures.

Now go. Impress your friends. Win a trivia game. And learn a little more about chemistry, because chemistry is awesome!

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Wellfleet Press for a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review!

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A good comprehensive overview for those curious about chemistry, but who can't quite remember their high school chemistry class (because they were busy reading novels under their I was...)

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All of the Know-It-All series of books are excellent! Each of them gives a synopsis of the most important things to know on the topic in a brief but well-laid-out manner, and Chemistry is no exception! These books are a good introduction or a good review, as well as a starting place for discovering which topics you'd like to learn more about afterwards -- and then you can get a more in-depth book on just that topic.

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If you enjoyed the "Cosmos" series, or if you want to learn more about how our world works, this is a great book to start with.

Tro takes intimidating, complex topics and breaks them down into 50 easily-readable pieces designed to give readers a basic foundation of chemistry knowledge on which to build. Molecules, matter, reactions and more are presented in short snippets (one-sentence "nucleus" summary, one paragraph "valence" description, and one column detailed description) and enhanced with drawings, names of scientists who made large impacts on the topics, relevant quotes, and section glossaries. This book is a great resource for those who want to learn or refresh their memories on basic chemistry concepts.

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