Peter Atkins is a Fellow and professor of chemistry at Lincoln College in the University of Oxford. He is the author of several successful chemistry textbooks, among them Atkins' Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. With Why Chemical Reactions Happen, Galileo's Finger and Atkins' Molecules, he established himself also as a popular science writer.

Professor Atkins has written and spoken on issues of humanism, atheism, and the incompatibility of science and religion.

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