The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments
Golden book of chemistry expriments.jpg
AuthorRobert Brent
IllustratorHarry Lazarus
CountryUnited States
SeriesGolden Books
PublisherWestern Publishing
Publication date

The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments is a children's chemistry book written in the 1960s by Robert Brent and illustrated by Harry Lazarus and published by Western Publishing in their Golden Books series. OCLC lists only 126 copies of this book in libraries worldwide.

The book was a source of inspiration to David Hahn, nicknamed "the Radioactive Boy Scout" by the media, who tried to collect a sample of every chemical element and also built a model nuclear reactor (nuclear reactions however are not covered in this book), which led to the involvement of the authorities.

On the other hand, it has also been the inspiration for many children who went on to get advanced degrees and productive chemical careers in industry or academia.

Though there was a problem with the chemicals required for the experiments, (for example corrosive HCl was required for most experiments and an industrial solvent called Carbon Tetrachloride was required for the chapter on triglycerides). This and other problems (mainly with chemicals) led to the book eventually being pulled from the shelves.

Printing history[edit]

The first edition was printed in 1960. A second printing was made in 1962 and a revised edition was printed in 1963.

Further reading[edit]