What I'm hoping for is a book with the following:
- Basic chemistry principles
Basic lab tools, improvised
Guide to natural sources for elements useful to 'survivors'
Isolation and refinement techniques for those elements
Useful compounds from those elements, with uses detailed
Techniques for combination and recombination of elements and compounds
Application oriented for initial and mid-term survival context (prior to re-boot)
Armed with such a book, I'd like to be able to go into the field and gather materials, then return to camp, assemble a rough lab, and brew up basic substances.
The Knowledge does indeed go a long way in that direction - the best I've found to date - but this is not its orientation. It's orientation is toward re-boot, and is not organized as a stand-alone reference for the would-be field chemist. Much of what I'd wish lies within, but it is diffuse, and often touches but lightly on elemental sources and isolation procedures.
If anyone knows of such a book, I'd be happy to hear of it.
Or, if anyone is interested and competent to write it, I'll be first in line!