Softcover version of the book is now available

Why two formats of the Third Edition? PDF books have many advantages. They can be downloaded right away and easily stored on the computer. They are searchable to some extent, although nothing replaces a well-curated index. (Yes, the third edition has such an index.)

However, research shows that deep reading is done best with printed text. The publisher International University Line offers both formats of the book so that readers can choose the one that suits them best. I hope this makes the book as accessible as possible.

The pdf is available directly from the publisher. The print version can be bought on amazon. While I am no fan of amazon, their platform is the most expedient way for the book to reach an international readership.

Third edition published Sept 2021

If writing a journal article is a like running a 10K race, editing a book is the equivalent of an ultra-marathon.

Or so it felt.

The idea to update the second edition occurred to me in November, 2019. I contacted the publisher of the first two editions and he agreed to produce a third one. So, with his enthusiasm backing me up, I started after Christmas that year.

Then came the pandemic. I almost wanted to call this book the “Journal of a Plague Year”. However that title was already taken, by Daniel Defoe in 1772.

But now, almost two years and one (still ongoing) pandemic later, the third edition is available as an e-book. A softcover version is underway.

I thank my wonderful colleagues who contributed chapters, the publisher, and the many coworkers who assisted in fact-checking, indexing, and photography.

And finally, I thank my grandson Alex, now 7, for being quiet hours on end. Due to the quarantine, he had to put up with me working from home on this book for months.

C13 Crystallization of Biological Molecules 6-10 September 2021, Tromsö, Norway

This is one of the courses organized by BioCat, Norwegian Graduate School in Biocatalysis. 10 hours of lectures and 30 hours of hands-on laboratory exercises. 3 HCTS. I will be teaching on Monday and Tuesday. Register through the host university, University of Tromsö. More information here.