I'm just wondering, can one understand the book without any background in chemistry or film manufacturing?
It is incredibly informative and interesting even if you don't have the technical background. The photographs and diagrams are excellent.
But if you are intending to start up your own production line, I think you need the training!
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Mine shows shipped, $50 bucks it is then, get em' while they last!
Personally, I spent a few hours with Kodak experts like Garret Kokx showing us every little detail of how it all works on the modern coating line in 2009...this will bring back all the little details I have forgotten.