About the Book
Also covered are some of the more interesting studies conducted on alcohol including the responses of animals and plants to intoxicants. The connection between the geology of the location from which waters are drawn for the production of various brews and the types of ensuing beers are rationalised. Attitudes and idiosyncrasies of people from different cultures towards alcohol over the centuries are also examined. The metaphysical and other philosophical aspects linked to alcohol consumption are also mulled over. Due recognition is accorded to the often overlooked and unappreciated yeast cells that are instrumental in the production of alcohol and the fascinating fermentation process unravelled.
My books: The long reach of organic chemistry: an eclectic journey down carbon lane, parts 1 & 2; Water: a biography of the planet’s foremost, fundamental fluid; Blood: life's most wondrous transportation system; Alcohol: a spiritual exposition, an intemperate odyssey; Oxygen: the story of a primal fluid of vital importance to all life forms & our intimate relationship with this extraordinary gas; Time for reflection: the unsustainable demand for water & the consequences for our planet; What a load of bails & Spin washed and Kumble dried. My education: PhD in Physical Chemistry, Salford University. My research: using chromatography, particle sizing, microscopy, calorimetry, spectroscopy & rheology to study elastomers, plastics & hydrocolloids viz. starches, tree gum exudates, mucopolysaccharides, xanthan gum, konjac mannan, pectin, wheat protein, cellulose, hyaluronic acid, inulin, quorn, agar, alginates, carrageenans, dyes & sugars