These two books form the brilliant introduction to organic chemistry, which Isaac Asimov (himself Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Boston Medical School at the time) wrote with the aim of explaining his subject to the more general reader, rather than the enquiring student at a University. He wrote other such books, as well as his well-known science fiction works.
Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) was an American writer and Professor of Biochemistry at Boston University, and is well known for his works of science fiction and popular science. A prolific author, he wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He is considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers of the 20th century, his most famous work being the "Foundation" series; his other major works are the "Galactic Empire" series and the " Robot" series. All these series are set in the same fictional universe, each at a different period. He also wrote hundreds of short stories, including the social science fiction novelette "Nightfall", voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time (1964). As 'Paul French', Asimov also wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels. As well as science fiction, he wrote mysteries, fantasy tales, and non-fiction science books such as his "Guide to Science", the three-volume set "Understanding Physics", and a "Chronology of Science and Discovery", as well as works on astronomy, mathematics, history, William Shakespeare's writing, and chemistry.
Our books are in very nice condition for their age, the covers somewhat age-worn and grubby, but showing almost no signs of wear to edges or spines. The bindings of both are tight and all pages are clean and bright, with very slight browning throughout. 'Carbon' shows the original price of 95 cents on the front cover; this is obscured by a circular label reading '6s' on 'Nitrogen', indicating that it would have been sold in the UK at some time.