Foreword


It started with home winemaking, a craft in which my skills were considerably less than perfect. With an answer to my failures apparently obvious, I began to research the science (otherwise known as oenology) of winemaking. The engineer in me was convinced that, if I understood more about acids and oxidation, for example, I could produce competition-grade wine. At the very least, I was confident that I could author a technical winemaking book and, ultimately make the quality wine my family would choose to drink. Fast forward a few years, and I had accomplished several things, just not the ones on my list.

My writing skills took a massive leap forward. I developed the writing and illustration style that I subsequently used for this book. I came up with the concept of supportive trivia boxes. I gained a thirst and love of writing. And not least, I became enthralled and excited about the science of chemistry.

However, with my chemistry familiarity inadequate at that time, I reluctantly acknowledged that my fledgeling technical winemaking book was flawed. And, consequently, my resultant knowledge increase in winemaking science was marginal.

I resolved to conduct a little detour from oenology by spending a bit of time studying chemistry. It transpired that my bit of time was an experience that lasted over six years. I became captivated by the subject. Each time I scratched the surface of a topic, I uncovered more questions, and they, in turn, directed me to other themes.

It very rapidly became a whole new inspiring and fascinating venture for me. It dominated my life – even my holidays. I researched other, similar publications. I was determined that my book would be unique in its field. And that its quality, content and attention to detail would enable it to stand apart from others. It was not going to be a lightweight overview, but a book that took the beginner deep into the science. And, since it was going to be written as I journeyed through my initiation into the science; I knew it would genuinely apply to readers with no prior subject familiarity.

Six years after setting these goals, I am delighted to say that I have met or exceeded all of them. I now consider myself an engineer / scientist in the fields of electronics and chemistry. Whether you are a novice or wish to expand your chemistry knowledge; someone wanting a knowledge refresh or looking for a comprehensive chemistry reference; I am sure your journey through this publication will be equally rewarding.

I am proud to present to you the result of my journey and initiation into the science of chemistry – Kevin Fisher’s Art of Chemistry (no previous experience required).