Every few weeks I scour the web (okay, mostly Amazon) for new books on chemistry and spend more money than I can afford on a few books. This past week I purchased the Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture, by Robert Thompson. It’s a fairly thick book containing tons of experiments that can all be done at home. I was greatly impressed by the number of resources the book gives on obtaining supplies and chemicals as well as additional chemistry information.
As for the claim that there is no lecture… surprisingly, it’s mostly true. There is an extensive introduction with vast amounts of literature on safety (which I know is very important and necessary so the author doesn’t get sued) that actually made me scared of even pouring water without safety goggles. The experiment instructions are very thorough and definitely ensure that anyone who wants to can perform the experiments successfully and safely. Each experiment or group of experiments is accompanied by a brief explanation of the concepts and some questions to make sure you understood what happened. Honestly, the explanations are so good that this book made me hate buffers less (a monumental feat).
The Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments is perfect for the amateur chemist or parents who are homeschooling their kids. I’ll include a link to Amazon. Let us know what you think!