I have been reading the books The Elements by Theodore Gray and Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik, both being very popular chemistry science books. Are there some other easy-to-read, popular but scientifically accurate chemistry books available?

The answer to the question should not be "primarily opinion based", since "popular" can be measured.

  • $\begingroup$ Napoleon's Buttons by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson. Salt by Mark Kurlansky $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 15:28
  • $\begingroup$ Molecules that Changed the World by K. C. Nicolaou $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ Oxygen by Nick Lane. $\endgroup$
    – Curt F.
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 16:52

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1) Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything
by Philip Ball

2) Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything
by Theodore Gray, Nick Mann

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    $\begingroup$ Are you familiar with these books? What do you like about them? What topics do they cover? Why should the asker look into them? $\endgroup$
    – jerepierre
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 23:33

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