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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (9 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596514921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514921
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 2.7 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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The author, Mr. Thompson, obviously loves the subject, and yes, darn it, chemistry should be "fun", a little dangerous and educational.
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!!
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How I mourn the demise of the old style chemistry sets - today's offerings are a sad and pathetic shadow of what they used to be. This book takes a fun, but very serious scientific approach to the science of chemistry as a hobby, and doesn't just teach you how to make pretty (but useless) coloured solutions. Of course, in these days where you require top level security clearance just to buy some meths for your spirit burner, it's not easy to find the chemicals required to carry out the experiements in this book - but companies DO exist in the UK who will legally supply individuals so don't be disheartened. I have no hesitation in recommending this book - and perhaps we should all lobby our MPs to BRING BACK THE CHEMISTRY SET!!!
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As a teacher of traditional Chemistry in a traditional sixth form, I am always on the lookout for resources that are approachable but rigorous and which are 'real life' chemistry. That's exactly what this book is. Of course, it's got lots of traditional chemistry in it, but it challenges the reader on how to approach chemistry through practical work using very basic equipment. As well as suggested practical procedures, there is just enough theoretical support to make solid learning happen. The range of experiments is impressive and easily adapted, if adaptation is necessary, to a traditional laboratory setting. It's also fun. Thoroughly recommended.
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although this book is for a litte simplistic (for me) it is well laid out and easy to understand I think it is aimed at 13 to 16 year olds. It is a good book for that sort of age group
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One of the best books I've purchased this year!

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.
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This book is great! With the right resources you can learn a ton about chemistry! I had previously ordered a chemistry set and had numerous other chemicals and was able to fill a whole day with experiments from this book. Worth every penny!
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This is a great chemistry book with lots of details very clear explanations and great experiments. I love the way it is organized and written. It is very useful for chemistry teachers.
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I've often thought it would be fun to write a book titled "How to make the chemicals the government doesn't want you to have". Something along the lines of improvising a means of heating salt to its melting point and then shoving a couple of electrodes from a car battery in it.
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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