Instrumental Analysis: The Hitchhiker's Guide to Chemistry (Introduction)

We live in a world saturated with technology, and saturated with information.

In today's technological era, I believe that soon gone will be the days where intelligence is defined by a quantity of knowledge retained. In a reality where virtually the entire working collection of scientific advancement lays at ones fingertips, the wisdom to quickly recognize truth from fiction within the information media will be the currency of academia tomorrow. And in a world where there's more to know than there is time to learn, it will be important to have resources to efficiently direct one's inquiries to that of topics that allow for studies at high-yield.

In such spirit, over the next few weeks I hope to spend considerable time in this segment called "Instrumental Analysis: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Chemistry", where we will be discussing various analytical techniques used throughout the chemical research environment. My goal will be to provide worthwhile depth to the topics discussed without being overbearing in content: enough information to give a general concept to methodology, but at the same time allow for room so that you may decide on your own whether or not it would be valuable to invest more time in understanding and mastering given techniques, through sources more meticulous and detailed than what my words will establish herein. In our search for this Goldilocks zone of quantity and quality I hope something useful might emerge from the aether beyond.

Feel free to post requests for topics in the comments section below if there are any specific instrumental methods you'd like for me to cover.

With that, stay tuned.

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