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Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments for Browsing/DL on Scribd

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]

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Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments


14 thoughts on “Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments for Browsing/DL on Scribd

  1. 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.

  2. 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.)

  3. 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.

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