Chemistry & Experiments
In the late 1960s &
early 70's, life was considerably different than it is today. Chemistry
sets were one of the most popular things for kids & young adults to
own. In fact, over 65% of the homes that children also contained a
chemistry set. Back then, hobby stores and toy stores all carried
chemistry sets as well as replacement chemicals. You could walk into any
toy store and buy small containers of any chemical you needed from
Ammonium Nitrate to Zinc Dust. These days legal liabilities are too
severe for most companies to sell chemistry sets not to mention
chemicals at the retail level. Unfortunately, this has caused a great
loss in hands-on experience with these materials. Even schools have
given up working with actual chemicals and laboratory equipment. One of
the main reasons United Nuclear Scientific was formed was to help
reverse this trend and provide a place where these materials were once
again available to the general public. Back in the 60s & 70s there
was a beginner's chemistry experiment experiment book that was the hands
down favorite of everyone. It was titled 'The Golden Book of Chemistry
Experiments'. It contained instructions on how to set up a home
laboratory as well as a collection of great chemistry experiments.
Supposedly the U.S. Government had the book removed from all libraries
and banned from sale son the grounds that the experiments in the book
were deemed too dangerous for its intended audience.
We do not agree with that - and oppose the banning of any book.
Although somewhat dated by today's standards, it is still a good read
even for adults who would like to get into chemistry & chemistry
experiments. We've taken a good portion of the book and its
illustrations and updated them a bit as some of the 1960s comments and
terms are a tad silly by today's standards.
So, for your enjoyment and education, we present the updated 'Golden
Book of Chemistry Experiments - the United Nuclear edition'.