1960’s Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, by Robert Brent and Harry Lazarus, is now freely browsable on Scribd, and can be downloaded as a .PDF after either paying $5 or uploading a document of your own in exchange. The book has been held up over and over again as the ultimate classic chemistry manual, usually in a “they don’t make ’em like they used to” context. Considered unpublishable today because of liability concerns, used copies of old printings go for hundreds of dollars on Amazon. It has been spottily available as a torrent for some time, and though we have linked to web-based PDFs before, those URLs have all long since gone dark. [via Boing Boing]

In the Maker Shed:


Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments


Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic old book.  I’ve got a pdf copy I’ve had for a few years.  I’d love to have a print copy though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TimGray4 Timothy Gray

    http://chemistry.about.com/b/2008/08/05/banned-book-the-golden-book-of-chemistry-experiments.htm  a link that does not require you to purchase a subscription to download this public domain book/pdf  Scribd is not a good place for books that are free.

  • http://twitter.com/brainwagon Mark VandeWettering

    I briefly skimmed this over, and boy, did it bring back memories.   Nothing inside really made me cringe at danger (perhaps stuff too dangerous for grade school kids and irresponsible teens, but no sensible people).  Am I missing some horribly dangerous experiments contained within?

    (C.L. Stong’s compendium of Amateur Scientist articles included X-Ray machines, particle accelerators and playing with radioactive isotopes.  These seemed rather mundane.)

    • Anonymous

      Probably the worst one would be generating nitrogen dioxide without a fume hood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1367453304 Bryan Keen

    I have a second printing,1962

  • http://twitter.com/dbrunker Dave Brunker

    When I was a kid I found a copy of this in a thrift store and bought it.  I have it in my book collection somewhere.  I never tried the experiments but I loved reading it and looking at the pictures.

  • Anonymous

    I found another ebooks:
    Chemistry, 7th edition