About the Author
Arthur Winter is a graduate of Frostburg State University (located in the mountains of western Maryland), where he received his BS in chemistry. He received a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Maryland in College Park, where his research involved studying extremely short-lived reactive intermediates (with lifetimes less than 0.000001 second) using laser spectroscopy. He did postdoctoral research at Ohio State University before becoming a professor of chemistry at Iowa State University in 2009.
In summers, Arthur is an avid fisherman and huntsman of dangerous or delicious animals; in winters, he hibernates. Year-round, he likes watching violent movies, drinking sugar-saturated tea solutions, and reading trashy fiction. He enjoys competitive weight lifting, Ironman competitions, lumberjacking, and jousting — from the comfort of a couch in front of his TV. He often boasts of his ability to make minute rice in 30 seconds (admittedly, somewhat al dente) and is the proud owner of a collection of inexpensive watches. He’s a good whistler, a bad loser, and a tasteless joke enthusiast.
To Don Weser, an inspiring teacher and a giant in the field of chemical education (if not also in real life).
I thank the team at Wiley who helped put this book together. Particularly, I thank my acquisitions editor, Lindsay Lefevere, who got the ball rolling on this project, and my patient project editor and copy editor, Elizabeth Kuball, ...