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“The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments (1960).
Dangerous projects include: making chlorine, ammonia, hydrogen, and ethanol.
The book is long out of print, and used copies are very expensive (Amazon.com has used copies for over $100). Of course, in today’s litigious environment, no major publisher would dare republish a book that had actual chemistry experiments in it, for fear getting sued. The book is an example of everything great about vintage children’s science books. Once you lay your eyes on it, you will come to the sad realization that our society has slipped backwards in at least three important ways: 1. The writing quality in old kids’ science books was better; 2. The design and illustration was more thoughtful and skillful; 3. Children in the old days were allowed and encouraged to experiment with mildly risky but extremely rewarding activities. Today’s children, on the other hand, are mollycoddled to the point of turning them into unhappy ignoramuses.”
-Mark Frauenfelder

HOMER reunion

Filed under: CoSGC,HOMER — mgrusin at 1:07 am on Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ten years ago, a talented group of students at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium built and flew a sounding rocket payload called HOMER. That payload was the beginning of many distinguished aerospace careers. We recently had a reunion of some of the students who worked on the project.  Linda Cuplin, Sean Dougherty, Jennifer Rocca and Brian Stuebe came to Boulder, and many more sent their regards.  Photo page coming soon.