Recommended Books and Textbooks

These recommendations are for all of you who are interested in Chemistry even further than just the basics you learn in school. We’ve tried to pick books that are written for everybody to understand and not only for experts 😉 You can get all of them on Amazon or Kindle if you want to spend some time discovering the concepts of the world.

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World Mark Miodownik

  • Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does?
  • An adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science.
  • These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik a globally-renowned materials scientist has spent his life exploring and you can now get a glimpse of it in his book

Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything Theodore Gray, Nick Mann

  • Learn about the millions of chemical structures that make up our world
  • We see everything at an atomic and molecular level
  • Includes large photographs and diagram

The Disappearing Spoon…: And Other True Tales from the Periodic Table Sam Kean

  • The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal and obsession.
  • The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold and every single element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements Hugh Aldersey-Williams

  • Learn about the elements and their specific personalities and stories
  • Each element has its own story and function
  • Read about the building blocks to our world!

The Chemistry Book: From Gunpowder to Graphene, 250 Milestones in the History of Chemistry Derek B. Lowe

  • From atoms and fluorescent pigments to sulfa drug synthesis and buckyballs, this lush and authoritative chronology presents 250 milestones in the world of chemistry.
  • As the “central science” that bridges biology and physics, chemistry plays an important role in countless medical and technological advances.
  • Covering entertaining stories and unexpected applications, chemist and journalist Derek B. Lowe traces the most important—and surprising—chemical discoveries

Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us Sam Kean

It’s invisible. It’s ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell.

  • In Caesar’s Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.
  • Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do.
  • Along the way, we’ll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar’s Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.

Napoleon’s Buttons by Jay Burreson and Penny Le Couteur: A tale about the history of molecules and its influence over history.

  • This fascinating book tells the stories of seventeen molecules that, like the tin of those buttons, greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration and made possible the ensuing voyages of discovery. They resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine; lie behind changes in gender roles, in law, and in the environment; and have determined what we today eat, drink, and wear.
  • Showing how a change as small as the position of an atom can lead to enormous differences in the properties of a substance, the authors reveal the astonishing chemical connections among seemingly unrelated events. Napoleon’s Buttons offers a novel way to understand how our contemporary world works and how our civilization has been shaped over time.

Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous … by Mark Miodownikt

  • AP Chemistry Barron’s Book- Six practice AP exams: three diagnostic tests and three full-length practice exams with all questions answered and explained
  • A comprehensive subject review covering the structure of matter, chemical bonding, states of matter, physical chemistry, chemical reactions, and all other test topics
  • Study tips and test-taking strategies
  • Chemistry For Dummies- This books tracks a typical chemistry course, giving you step-by-step lessons you can easily grasp and time saving tips to annoying problems. By including real-world examples it provides everyday context for complicated topics while making it relatable and exciting to study.
  • Chemistry Quick Study- A lifesaver, buy it now, you won’t regret it, seriously if you are taking chemistry get this its like $5 and will save you a lot of tears.