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    I'm starting a chemistry degree next year (hopefully) and wandering if anyone knows of any good books that might introduce me to a few of the new ideas covered in university chemistry.
    I don't really want to read a text book, maybe something like the biography of a famous chemist, or the account of some famous discovery in chemistry..? Just something that would be interesting to read, but also goes into some detail about the science and might introduce me to some new concepts.
    Obviously looked myself but can't find much. Not sure if something like this exists but thanks for any help.
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    anyone?
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    Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks is a good read; more about the history of chemistry than new concepts. It is intertwined with Sacks' autobiography (of admittedly someone who went into neurology).
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    Mendeleev's Dream by Paul Strathern, really interesting read, not so much about first year uni, but still worth it. If you're looking for something more suited for university, then it is useful to understand what is written in "In search of schrodinger's cat" by John Gribbin.

    Hope this helps
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    And then read Schrodinger's kittens. Many of the experiments Gribbon wishes someone could do had been done by the time he wrote the follow-up and as is so typical for all things quantum, the results asked more questions than they answered.
 
 
 
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