In This Chapter
Coping with pre-organic anxiety
Defining organic chemistry
Breaking down the mysteries of carbon
Seeing what organic chemists do
Organic chemistry is a tyrant you’ve heard about a lot. You’ve heard your acquaintances whisper about it in secret. It’s mean, they say; it’s brutish and impossibly difficult; it’s unpleasant to be around (and smells sort of funny). This is the chapter where I introduce you to organic chemistry, and where, I hope, you decide to forget about the negative comments you’ve heard about the subject.
In this chapter, I show you that the nasty rumors about organic chemistry are (mostly) untrue. I also talk about what organic chemistry is, and why you should spend precious hours of your life studying it. I show you that discovering organic chemistry really is a worthwhile and enjoyable expedition. And the journey is not all uphill, either.
Although organic is a very important and valuable subject, and for some it’s even a highly enjoyable subject, I realize that ...