This book is an entertaining introduction to chemistry. Although intended for schoolchildren, interested adults will find it equally accessible and informative. It is excellently illustrated with humorous cartoony illustrations on every page. There is a mixture of (semi-dramatised) stories about real people and events in the history of the study of chemistry, along with many (relatively safe) experiments that you can carry out at home (preferably with permission from an irresponsible adult). If text-books were written like this back in my schooldays, I might not have given up on chemistry.
on 1 March 2007
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If you think you can stomach the `sick' side of Science, then read on as chaotic chemistry is put to the test.
Find out about some extraordinary experiments that went horribly wrong, discover the secrets of some very strange scientists and try your hand at some chaotic chemistry in the comfort of your own kitchen.
With fantastic fact files and quirky quizzes, teacher tests and crazy cartoons, `Chemical Chaos', is bubbling over with info!'
158 pages, written in a variety of fonts in the usual Nick Arnold entertaining style.
Black and white illustrations/cartoons throughout, as well as `Bet you never knew' fact-boxes, e.g.:-
`Oxygen can't burn on its own, but when mixed with other gases it can burn horribly well. In 1996 a hospital patient removed an oxygen mask under the sheets to smoke a cigarette. His bed filled with oxygen and exploded! And that wasn't the nastiest gas disaster!'
Science has never been so horrible!