This is a common sense presentation of chemical factors underlying most articles and activities in our complex modern world. Dates, formulas and technical terms do not burden the reader, though essential terminology is not avoided. No extravagant claims are made for chemistry; failures and unexplored fields are described without allowing unique historical data to overshadow their present economic and social significance. The emphasis is on the modern world, so marvelous yet seemingly commonplace to those who do not understand the forces creating it. This book will undoubtedly be welcomed by the intelligent inquiring layman. The illustrations are excellent.