The guiding principle behind this book is to present organic chemistry as an exciting and vitally
important science. To counter the impression that the study of organic chemistry consists primarily
of memorizing a multitude of facts, I have organized this book around shared features and unifying
concepts, while emphasizing principles that can be applied again and again. I want students to
apply what they have learned to new settings and to learn how to reason their way to solutions.
I also want them to see that organic chemistry is a fascinating discipline that is integral to their