26 No. 6
Introdução à Química Orgânica
Luiz Cláudio de Almeida Barbosa
Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004
Organic chemistry underpins every aspect of our lives. We take for granted that the cells in our bodies will function with unerring accuracy, yet they must carry out millions of complex chemical transformations of organic compounds every second. We also expect that drugs will be available for all of our ailments; that brightly colored synthetic plastics, paints, and fabrics can be purchased from our shopping malls; and that good-quality food will be readily available from the crops that have been protected from the ravages of insects, fungi, and weeds. The quality of our lives is thus inextricably linked to life-saving drugs; synthetic polymers; insecticides, fungicides and herbicides; and a myriad other organic chemicals.
The importance of organic chemistry to students of biology, medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, agronomy, food science, and agriculture is not in doubt. These students will find everything they need to know in Professor de Almeida Barbosa’s new book. Written in Portuguese, the book is a concise, yet comprehensive introduction to all aspects of modern organic chemistry. The treatment is rigorous, yet the biological interests of the students have not been overlooked. The text is full of fascinating examples of molecules with interesting biological properties.
Luiz-Cláudio de Almeida Barbosa writes with great authority since he has carried out cutting-edge research in both the United Kingdom and Brazil, says Professor John Mann from Queen’s University of Belfast.
The former edition of this textbook, published in 1998, was used in several universities and helped to reinforce the use of IUPAC recommendations in Brazil. The IUPAC rules are highlighted in the latest version of the publication.
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