By Isaac Asimov
Introducing Carbon—and the basics of natural chemistry
Chemists divide all elements into sessions. in a single classification are things like olive oil, sugar, starch, glue, gelatin, silk, rubber, paper, and penicillin. those are examples of natural ingredients. within the different classification are things like air, water, sand, clay, salt, gold, silver, iron, brass, glass, and urban. those are examples of inorganic elements. the excellence among the 2 emerged whilst it grew to become glaring that natural components are made of molecules that just about regularly contained at the least one carbon atom; it then grew to become handy to name any substance with carbon atoms in its molecule natural and any substance with no carbon atoms inorganic. during this manner the realm of natural chemistry got here to be pointed out with the area of carbon.
In the area of Carbon, Isaac Asimov, introducing the learn of natural chemistry, bargains a transparent, shiny, and understandable research of some of the commonest natural compounds in our global. And he demonstrates how elevated wisdom of the constitution of those carbon compounds—from anaesthetics and antifreeze to color and perfume—has resulted in a greater existence for all of us.
Those universal natural compounds no longer mentioned during this quantity are coated via Dr. Asimov in a spouse quantity that concentrates on carbon compounds containing no less than one atom of nitrogen. thoroughly entitled the area of Nitrogen, it's also on hand in Collier Books.