I’m in love with this giant book called The Elements: A visual exploration of every known atom in the universe, by Theodore Gray.

Full disclosure: I never took chemistry so it’s kind of like a crash course, but even if I had taken chemistry, I think I’d find this book fun to pore over. The author is really funny, the pictures are beautiful and it’s chock full of crazy facts! Bonus feature: no need to read it chronologically: for a good time, just flip open to any page and start reading!

 

Chemistry Experiment: Glowing Pennies

Note, you'll need pennies from before 1982 to try it. You can find actual instructions how to do this here.
 
I haven't actually tried this, but it seems pretty cool!  Kinda crazy though.  So if you try it, for goodness sake, BE CAREFUL!  Better yet, ask your science teacher if he or she will perform the experiment in class! 
 
 
 
 
Thu, 03/28/2013 - 11:17am