Monday, September 29, 2008

More Chemistry Sets and Books

As you can see I did manage to get 2 more chemistry sets. The first is a Smithosian Microchemistry set. It has almost everything it came with in it. I found it at a yard sale and paid $5.00 for it. It only has a small amount of chemicals, as per microchemistry. The other one I found in an antique show at our mall. It is a Porter Chemcraft Chemistry set from the 1950's or 60's. It has most of its chemicals, test tubes, burner, scale, test tube racks, etc.

You can see on the right side bottom of the page 3 new categories 1)Books for Experimenting- This will cover books I find and can get my hands on, whether purchased or borrowed from the library. This will contain old books and hopefully many newer books that pertain to today's science. 2) Useful Links - will contain links I find useful in building my amateur's lab. 3) Historical Books - books about science and the scientist's work.

I will talk more about these books and links later.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Old Chemistry Sets

It has been a long time since I have written here. I began to look at ways of putting together a nice amateur lab to play with. I managed to find a couple of old chemistry sets. One on eBay. The Mr. Wizard Chemistry set. I had one when I was a kid many, many years ago. I always loved to watch his science shows and read some of his science books from our public library. I was quite surprised to find this kit. Now eBay maybe a good source for things but be careful. It is a nice kit, but shipping was expensive. The kit was $10.00, shipping ended up being $12.00. Still for $22.00 that is not bad, except when the kit arrived there wasn't to much of the chemicals left. I did get some glassware, flask, beaker, 8 test-tubes, test-tube stand, alcohol burner, balance, experiment book, etc.

The second one is a Merit chemistry set 50, I think this was a Salter chemistry set when I was younger. I found this at a flee market for $3.00 fully sealed. Now this was a great bargain, it came with 8 different chemicals, test-tubes, watch glass, glass and rubber tubing, etc.

You can see a picture of both sets at the side. So far I believe I am off to a good start on putting together my science lab.