The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments was published in the late 60s, as a collection of science experiments that children could do at home. While it was an excellent teaching tool, the authors of the book failed to realize that many of the listed experiments were insanely volatile and potentially life threatening. For example, namby-pamby children’s science books in print today encourage budding scientists to mix baking soda and vinegar and watch what happens. By comparison, The Golden Book… provided detailed instructions for producing chlorine gas or sulfuric acid. Fun for the whole family!
The book was pulled in the late 60s, and would never see print again. Copies of the book have been selling on Amazon and eBay for between $200 and $700, for outrageously threadbare copies. But there’s a loophole; the original copyright was not renewed, and the book was published prior to the rewriting of the copyright laws, so it’s now possible to get a copy online. You can download a copy from Chris Brunner’s blog, and we are also mirroring it here. Enjoy, and for goodness’ sake, be careful.