Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Banned by the U. S. Government--a chemistry book

Yes, it is true, The United States Government banned a chemistry book from being placed on library shelves. The reason...too dangerous for the targeted audience. The book...The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments by Robert Brent and illustrated by Harry Lazarus and published by Western Publishing in their Golden Books series. It had a three year life span: First edition in 1960, a second printing in 1962, and a revised edition in 1963. Granted the book explained how to prepare hydrogen and chlorine...but budding chemists must take risks. Now, with Internet sources, this all appears silly and can be downloaded. The book is somewhat scarce and commands premium prices.

The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments

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