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Chemical Chaos (Horrible Science)
What makes a stink bomb stink? Why aren't glass eyes made of glass? Bubbling over with chaotic chemistry facts, this book also reveals the secrets of some very strange scientists, offers experiments to try at home, and much more!
Paperback, 158 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Scholastic
(first published February 21st 1997)
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Does this book help kids understand Chemistry? In India, it's only when you get to college that you realise that chemistry can as much be learnt by reasoning as Physics (or at least to a very great extent) . So, my question is does it go beyond kindling an interest and helps kids understand and reason chemistry? For instance, KJARTAN POSKITT's book on encryption (Murderous Maths: Codes.. ) does that masterfully.
This taught me genuinely fascinating things, including how one famous diamond drove everyone who touched it mad, and how volcanoes in South Africa and elsewhere are rich sources of diamonds. One star off for a really grim focus on poisons and other chemistry-induced mortification.
Nov 09, 2016 Daisy rated it it was amazing
I've never liked these Horrible Histories/Science books that much but this has to be my favourite. It was engaging all the way through and the quizzes and experiments were interactive and fun. There were tons of topics I recognized from my Chemistry GCSE, plus it had lots about the history of famous scientists and discoveries which was really interesting, so it's definitely educational too. A great book for kids interested in chemistry!
Jun 14, 2013 Rainier rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
It was a good book. Maybe a couple things you don't know..kind of funnels, beakers, flasks, thermometers, test tubes, filter paper, hot plates, droppers, spectroscopes, gas chromatograph. Then we find out how Perkin made the dye, not the dye you use to make somebody die like the word death, actually the things that you color with. I think that artificial limbs should be made of metal not plastic. I learned that they are plastic in this book, and that if you bury one underground it will rot, so ...more
This book did not have a plot. It had a bunch of plots referring to history about how idiotic scientists came to achieve outstanding discoveries, or made items that endangered the race of man. Chemical Chaos was really a funny way to feature biology and science because there were clear explainations and funny of all, it had comics to explain the specific effect of that chemical. All towards this present day, we have science in our lives. This book explains many things that we use in real life ...more
Chemicals are dangerous, but also interesting. This book tells about liquids, solids, gases, acids, bases, and chemical reactions. I like the part of the solids (metals) because they are interesting. One part is very confusing. It says that a baby boy is carbon. Who would believe that piece of rubbish? We are not only made of atoms. There are some loose electrons inside us. Otherwise, we will have no brain. I need to know what atoms everyday needs are made of.
May 07, 2009 Sam rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
This book is great fun to read with interesting little titbits and plenty of things to try...although I would probably not go for the making a diamond turn into a cloud of carbon dioxide as this may upset a few people...namely the owner of said diamond. A well targeted and fun read, even at my age
Nick Arnold is the author of the award winning series, Horrible Science and Wild Lives. Arnold's first published works appeared as a result of a project he was working on at the University of North London, when he was trying to teach young children. A positive review was written about him, and he started to write the "Horrible Science" books. His books are illustrated by Tony De Saulles.More about Nick Arnold...
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