Professor Richard Monson received his B.S. from UCLA and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley. From 1964 to 2000, he was Professor of Chemistry at California State University, East Bay. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals describing his research in organic chemistry, as well as two textbooks in chemistry. Professor Monson’s interests in the sciences range over several fields. He has presented courses at the Fromm Institute on energy and global warming, detection of art forgeries, the periodic table, mirrors and mirror images, alcohol and its uses, and most recently wine and winemaking.