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7. Investigating matter

7. Investigating matter  

Peter Atkins

in Physical Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2014
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Apr 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779633
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199689095.003.0007
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9780199689095
Physical chemistry lies at the heart of one of chemistry's principal applications and achievements: the identification of the substances present in a sample and the determination of their ... More
5. Instruments of light

5. Instruments of light  

Geoff Cottrell

in Telescopes: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2016
Published Online: 
Dec 2016
eISBN: 
9780191808234
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198745860.003.0005
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chapter
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9780198745860
In the eye, detection is done by the retina. In telescopes operating in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, light interacts with matter in different ways, and so a variety of ... More
3. The synthesis and analysis of organic compounds

3. The synthesis and analysis of organic compounds  

Graham Patrick

in Organic Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780191820779
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198759775.003.0003
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9780198759775
The design of novel medicines, insecticides, perfumes, flavourings, or polymeric materials relies crucially on organic chemists. ‘The synthesis and analysis of organic compounds’ outlines ... More
8. Exotic matter (and antimatter)

8. Exotic matter (and antimatter)  

Frank Close

in Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2004
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775956
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804341.003.0008
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chapter
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9780192804341
‘Exotic matter (and antimatter)’ investigates the existence of different generations of particles. In the middle of the twentieth century, cosmic rays provided a source of quarks that had ... More
4. Laboratory examination: search, recovery, analysis

4. Laboratory examination: search, recovery, analysis  

Jim Fraser

in Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2020
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Feb 2020
eISBN: 
9780191872488
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10.1093/actrade/9780198834410.003.0004
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chapter
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9780198834410
‘Laboratory investigation: search, recovery, analysis’ outlines the various stages of recovering, documenting, and analysing evidence. It describes the types of examinations carried out, ... More
Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Atkins

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782459
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199683970.001.0001
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book
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9780199683970
Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction encourages us to look at chemistry anew, through a chemist's eyes, in order to understand its central concepts and to see how it ... More
1. Its origins, scope, and organization

1. Its origins, scope, and organization  

Peter Atkins

in Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782459
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199683970.003.0001
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9780199683970
After a very brief glance at the origins of chemistry in alchemy, ‘Its origins, scope, and organization’ makes the point that all modern discussions of the subject are in terms of atoms, ... More
1. The elements

1. The elements  

Eric R. Scerri

in The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
eISBN: 
9780191878329
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10.1093/actrade/9780198842323.003.0001
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9780198842323
‘The elements’ outlines the history of the study of elements. Ancient Greeks had just four elements—earth, water, air, and fire—which they believed possessed the shape of the platonic ... More
7. Lighting the frontiers

7. Lighting the frontiers  

Ian Walmsley

in Light: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782442
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199682690.003.0007
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9780199682690
Despite its long history as possibly the oldest continuous branch of natural philosophy and science, optics remains at the forefront of research and application. It is ubiquitous: as a tool ... More
5. Reactivity

5. Reactivity  

William H. Brock

in The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785085
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198716488.003.0006
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9780198716488
By the mid-19th century many different kinds of chemical change had been recognized and systematized in textbooks. It became the task of physical chemists to explain these different ... More
5. Its techniques

5. Its techniques  

Peter Atkins

in Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782459
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199683970.003.0005
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ISBN: 
9780199683970
To bring about its reactions and to identify what has been produced, chemistry uses a wide variety of techniques. Similar techniques are used in analytical and forensic laboratories to ... More

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