Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (DIY Science) Paperback – 9 May 2008
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Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, Astronomy Hacks, and the Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders. Thompson built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Thompson reads mysteries and nonfiction for relaxation, but only on cloudy nights. He spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, hunting down faint fuzzies, and is currently designing a larger truss-tube Dobsonian (computerized, of course) that he plans to build.
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I share the author's lament over the passing of a "proper" chemistry set. The one I had as a kid contained all the "no-no's" (or should I say KNO, KNO3!)
In that day you could go to the chemist and buy all manner of chemicals "off the shelf".
At school we made rockets (after school hours, I had a terrific Chemistry Master.....
Now my Son wants to learn, we home ed.... this book gives me the chance to "teach" or better "inspire" him:- That I did already, demonstrating the oxidizing qualities of KMnO4, innitially he smuggly goes yeah and.... then quite soon it's wow, how the heck did that happen?
With the chemistry sets of today you take two or more chemicals, mix them together and go "um er what's supposed to happen", as the chemicals just sit there, or if you are lucky change color!
An experiment has to DO something tangible. Thank you for a great book!
On an offside as it seems that we are being treated more and more like halfwits, perhaps we could have a "for dummies" line of chemistry sets, and then have a range that are designed for the responsible, and wanna b edjucaited majority!!
For those looking to get started in home chemistry, this is by far the best resource around. The book first guides the reader through the equipment and chemicals needed for a home lab (as well as their safe handling and storage), following which are a series of lessons teaching fundamental lab techniques -- doing a lot of exciting experiments along the way.
The most difficult thing was finding companies that ship chemicals to private addresses in the UK, but with a bit of searching, they can be found.
When I saw comments in the review about smelting your own copper and forensic tests I thought this book would be a bit more unusual.
To be fair I probably had excessive expectations. If you want to get started doing some chemistry at home then this is a good and fairly thorough book. It's just that it felt very much like doing the same kind of chemistry as you would do at school - I was expecting something a little more off the wall. I remember a very bright 13 year-old building a grinder he needed for his experiments from an old washing machine motor, and improvising to get a gas supply for his Bunsen burner. Now, that's home chemistry!
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Really enjoying reading this book. It is inspiring me to go do experimentsPublished 4 months ago by a
Just fab. We now need some "lab" space & then start to acquire the bit's.Published 17 months ago by JMHC
Informative and enthusiastically written, though it would be nice to have a European edition with Sulphur and Aluminium correctly spelled (yes I'm a pedant!). Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2012 by Mr.I
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