I recently began studying chemistry, only to find out that, apparently, concepts such as “octet expansion” and Lewis structures are outdated and incorrect. And I don’t mean they’re approximations of reality, as is the case for numerous theories taught in physics, but, apparently, actually incorrect and deprecated concepts. However, commonly promoted textbooks still teach these concepts as though they are true, with no reference to them being outdated or incorrect. I find this both disappointing and disturbing, since I want to learn concepts that are actually correct. And when I purchase (expensive, recently published) textbooks, I expect to be taught correct and up-to-date concepts — especially since the people who wrote these textbooks are in an academic position to know better.
At the moment, my goal is to study both physical and organic chemistry. I was wondering if people could please recommend good textbooks in these areas that do not teach incorrect, outdated, and deprecated concepts.