Chemistry is a fascinating subject but one that is falling out of favor for a number of reasons. Partially this is because there are few interesting jobs in the field but probably mostly it is because it is perceived as hard.
While I won’t deny that it isn’t the easiest subject one could study it is not as taxing as you might think. The best part, as far as I am concerned, is that it gives one an insight into many aspects of life that one wouldn’t otherwise get. For instance, chemistry touches both biology and physics so the student who studies chemistry also gains some insight into the processes that control life and the universe. The is also the secondary knowledge that gives insight into engineering and the choices made.
All in all, I enjoyed my time to do chemistry even though I am not now employed as a chemist (I’m a programmer). Why didn’t I go into chemistry? That’s a tough question. To really succeed in chemistry now you need a Ph.D. and I just didn’t have the patience after working very hard for my degree. Hazel, my partner, completed a Ph.D. in chemistry a few years ago. Hopefully, I will be able to get her thesis up on the site in the near future.
So, what does this section of the site contain? At first, it will be a linked periodic table and a brief discussion of each element. I have tried to focus on interesting aspects of each element and the sort of things that will hopefully encourage people to learn more. Why have I done this? Simple really, you can find out technical information about chemistry from anywhere. Nowhere tell you about the fun bits.
I hope you enjoy finding out about the world around you.