Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis
Kurti and Czako have produced an indispensable tool for specialists and non-specialists in organic chemistry. This innovative reference work includes 250 organic reactions and their strategic use in the synthesis of complex natural and unnatural products. Reactions are thoroughly discussed in a convenient, two-page layout--using full color. Its comprehensive coverage, superb organization, quality of presentation, and wealth of references, make this a necessity for every organic chemist.
* The first reference work on named reactions to present colored schemes for easier understanding * 250 frequently used named reactions are presented in a convenient two-page layout with numerous examples * An opening list of abbreviations includes both structures and chemical names * Contains more than 10,000 references grouped by seminal papers, reviews, modifications, and theoretical works * Appendices list reactions in order of discovery, group by contemporary usage, and provide additional study tools * Extensive index quickly locates information using words found in text and drawings
A must for an organic chemist's book-shelf!!!
By Santhosh F. Neelamkavil - March 17, 2005
Learning organic chemistry has always been about acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of chemical behavior and with this as the backdrop, to consider the principles, theoretical and mechanistical basis of the subject. In this context, the named reactions in organic chemistry provide one with a historical feel for the subject, is an easy tool to remember the myriad functional group transformations and thus create a love for this fascinating chemistry.
When I saw this book by Laszlo and Barbara, I was just amazed at the amount of labor that has gone into producing, what I believe, is one of the finest books ever written on named reactions in organic chemistry. It is not just another name reactions book, as it can also be considered a reaction mechanisms book, since the authors have drawn out elaborately, the mechanistic schemes / reaction pathways for every single reaction and you wouldn't believe, it lists a multitude of 250 named reactions! What strikes me most is that this... read more
Great Read as well as reference
By Gabriel Weatherhead - March 11, 2006
Let me preface this review with: I have a huge library of chemistry related books, of which books relating to name reactions has a prominent footprint. With that said, this is one of the most readable of its kind. Before this, I enjoyed the Jie-Jack Li name reaction book. However, as with all of them, it was just a reference manual. Kurti's, however, is a well thought out "text" with background on each reaction and color coded mechanisms. It is an excellent book for both beginners and PI's. Sick as it may sound, I actually purchsed a second copy for home as well as the office. My conclusion is that this is one of maybe 3 name reaction books that make a complete reference set.
Simply the BEST book on the subject "Named Reactions"
By Yann Laot - August 12, 2005
Other books on this subject often are equal and contain the same amount of information : a very short mecanism and a list of 5-6 references. That's all, so you have to search the references in order to have more information.
This book works completely differently : there is an "historical introduction" - often very instructive because the discovery was unintended - then a complete mechanism and a illustration of the reaction as a key step in a recent synthesis. This last point is very valuable because it shows all the importance of the concerned reaction. Finally the references are classified between articles, reviews, books, ... So it's very useful to find quickly the best reference ...
In a word it's really an excellent book and it's worth the money!