Understanding Chemistry is a little book intended to provide an appreciation of chemistry to school students and all those interested in science.
It brings about a synthesis of what is old and new in chemistry. It is intended for high school students and others interested in an appreciation of chemistry.
Besides presenting simple facts and concepts, the book examines aspects of human interest such as the atmosphere, energy, environment, food, water and materials. The book is enlivened by coloured illustrations, life sketches of scientists, description of experiments and discussion of popular subjects such as tea, soap, firecrackers and rockets.
C.N.R. Rao is Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research and honorary professor at the Indian Institute of Science. He was at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and has been a visiting professor at Purdue, Oxford, Cardiff and Cambridge Universities.
He is now distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a member of many science academies including the Indian National Science Academy, The Royal Society, London, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy and Japan Academy. He was president of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the Third World Academy of Sciences. He has received several medals and prizes which include the Marlow Medal of the Faraday Society,
Centenary Fellowship of the American Chemical Society, Hevrovsky medal of the Czechoslovak Academy, Einstein Gold medal of UNESCO, the Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London and the Hughes medal of the Royal Society.
All the graphics/design and formatting has been done by Education Technology unit and the print-ready copy is printed by Univeristies Press.