Organic chemistry is the branch of chemistry that deals with the study of the properties, structure, composition, synthesis, and reactions of organic compounds that contain carbon in their atomic structure. The most recent developments related to organic chemistry are green chemistry, microwave chemistry, fullerene chemistry, and chiral synthesis.
Let us see some of the best books available on the subject.
Organic Chemistry by Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers
It is a book written by Jonathan Clayden, Nick Greeves, Stuart Warren, and Peter Wothers. It was written in the year 2001. This book makes organic chemistry very fun and interesting. It is a very engaging read. It goes deeper into the content and complex topics more than the other books I have come across.
The authors first start with the basics, given an introduction to the world of carbon, hydrogen and the elements related to them from the very basics. If you know about the basics of the structure of atoms, then you wouldn’t find any difficulty in going through the beginning topics.
Even though the book starts from the very basic, it isn’t as slow and boring compared to the other books.
Also, the didactics available in the book are quite different from other books.
Clear explanations are available for every topic. You will be able to understand why all the reactions occur, you wouldn’t find the need to memorize the equations as they are. Even though you still have to remember the equations, you will have proper knowledge about the equations.
The book does not cover everything related to organic chemistry but every topic doesn’t need to be covered by a single textbook.
To get deep into the important concepts the author had to neglect some less important topics which are not trivial to the subject. The authors took care not to omit important topics.
Also, this book is mainly for beginners, so many advanced topics are not covered as it will make it hard for beginners to follow.
The clarity behind every explanation is amazing and is coded in different colours to invoke interest. The book is highly recommended for undergraduate chemists. I could even go to the extent of saying that it is essential for organic chemistry, the book is that good. It simply describes mechanisms and also describes every reaction that ever exists.
The book is very innovative and helps the students to develop a deeper understanding of organic chemistry. It treats the subject with complete coherence, with a complete set of consequences, logical connections, language, and an underlying structure.
The book employs an approach based on reaction type and mechanism and deeply emphasizes the understanding of ideas rather than merely memorizing facts. It demonstrates to the students how to draw realistic molecules and mechanisms that could reveal the fundamental chemistry.
The book uses a very fresh and accessible writing style and provides apt examples from our everyday lives, which would make the concepts easier to understand. Care has been taken by the authors to explain the basics of chemistry thoroughly.
A special light has been shone on topics like orbitals, mechanism and stereochemistry provides a lot of help to students to help them gain a solid comprehension of important factors that are common to all reactions.
The innovative design of the book makes it a very interesting read. There are instructions with boxes that separate summary information and other material from the main text.
Different colours are used to differentiate different structures like atoms, molecules, and orbitals.
This improves the clarity and understandability of the content. Figures are drawn in red with significant parts marked in black.
The early chapters of the book feature carbonyl group reactions and the later chapters systematically develop the complexity through step by step discussions of stereochemistry, chemical reactions, and spectroscopy.
Please do give this book a read if you want to improve your knowledge related to organic chemistry. The book is worth its price. You will not be disappointed.
Organic Chemistry by Leoroy G. Wade
This is a book written by Leoroy G. Wade, in the year 2002.
This is very good in describing the subject matter. It does an amazing job of helping us to understand why reactions take place the way they do.
If you have a definitive need in learning organic chemistry, then I would recommend you this book.
Also, having a molecular set beside you will help you to understand concepts better.
The book is very easy to follow and is organized well. The appendices present at the back of the book include an invaluable table of FTIR absorptions. It is present as bars on a blank spectrum and as a list of a wide variety of functional groups.
Both of these concepts go into much more depth than the text. This would be very helpful when annotating spectra for the lab projects.
The difference in aromatic absorptions depending on the position of their substituents is a perfect example of the above-mentioned spectra.
The solutions manual available for the book is very well written.
Every problem present in the book has been worked through thoroughly, no steps have been skipped. The book acts as a very good teacher. It is as if going through a story, it is such an interesting read.
It is an excellent book for college students, highly recommended for students pursuing chemistry majors.
The detailing and exposition of the book are good. This book is also very helpful for people who want to explore the topic of natural product synthesis. Do give it a read.
Organic Chemistry by Morrison & Boyd
It is a book written by Robert Thornton Morrison and Robert Neilson Boyd in the year 1959. It is written in a very simplistic style, the concepts are very easy to grasp.
It is good for students with intermediate proficiency as well as for graduates.
The writing is very intriguing and it feels like reading a fictional novel.
For example read this extract from the book which goes like, “On your desert island you would use your alcohols not only as raw materials but frequently as the solvents in which reactions are carried out and from which products are recrystallized.
Finally, hot and tired after a long day in the laboratory, you could refresh yourself with an (isopropyl) alcohol rub and perhaps relax over a cool (ethyl) alcoholic drink”.
This kind of writing style captures the attention of the reader very quickly, making the reading process a very exciting one.
The explanations provided in this book were much clearer and concise than the explanations which were provided in our school textbooks. I haven’t seen such a unique writing style as in this book in any other book.
This book is a perfect example of how if a book is written with good clarity, a student could learn from a textbook even without the help of an instructor.
At one instance in my class, my professor was on leave but a student who read this book was able to take a seminar on a topic.
By the time you reach the end of this book, you would have gotten a very clear understanding on the subject of organic chemistry.
Do give this book a read if you want to gain expertise in the subject of organic chemistry.