Quantities, Units, and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, IUPAC Green Book, 3rd edition, prepared for publication by E.R. Cohen, T. Cvitas, J.G Frey, B. Holmstrom, K. Kuchitsu, R. Marquardt, I. Mills, F. Pavese, M. Quack, J. Stohner, H. Strauss, M. Takami, and A.J. Thor, RSC Publishing, 2007 [ISBN 0 85404 433 7; ISBN-13 978 0 85404 433 7];

Corrected and reprinted in 2008, and again reprinted in 2011
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Online PDF release
Full text searchable PDF (1.5MB) (same as 2nd printing) with bookmark by chapters and sections (Dec 2012 update)


The Green Book, Quantities, Units, and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, provides a readable compilation of widely used terms and symbols from many sources together with brief understandable definitions. The 3rd edition is based upon the most up-to-date sources for fundamental constants, data, and nomenclature in the fields of chemistry and physics. As with previous versions, this edition has been written to enable clear understanding in an interdisciplinary environment and to convey information in a global multidisciplinary arena in which chemistry plays a central role. Examples are provided to explain how to avoid ambiguity in conveying information. The first IUPAC Manual of Symbols and Terminology for Physicochemical Quantities and Units of which this is the direct successor, was published in 1969, with the object of “securing clarity and precision, and wider agreement in the use of symbols, by chemists in different countries, among physicists, chemists and engineers, and by editors of scientific journals.” In 1988, it underwent major extension and revision and was given the simplified title Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry. The 3rd edition has a significantly extended index that provides a dictionary of terms and symbols and useful conversion tables. Information in the Green Book is synthesized from IUPAC, IUPAP, and ISO. This is the definitive guide for scientists and organizations working across a multitude of disciplines requiring internationally approved terminology.


Concise Summary
A 4-page Concise Summary is reprinted in the July-Aug 2011 Chem. Int. issue; see pdf – download from Chem Int July contents.
Spanish translation pdf – 481 KB (Aug 2022, Español-Un Resumen Conciso de Magnitudes, Unidades y Símbolos en Química Física)


Misc links
Originating project 110-2-81 | Translation project 2008-007-3-100 | Following project for the preparation of the 4th edition, project 2014-021-1-100 | Forthcoming Abridged version, project 2007-032-1-100 | Project for the 5th edition, Digitally Native , project 2019-001-2-100


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