2.12.14Posted by Jeanne
A couple of weeks ago a friend posted a couple of pages from Adventures with a Microscope on FaceBook. The pages were headed 'Useful Supplies for your Laboratory Table and Shelf', and she was looking for help in purchasing the items for her daughter.
I must say that it was a formidable list indeed. Not only were the names of the reagents and chemicals archaic - things like caustic potash, chlorinated soda and xylol, some of them were downright dangerous, like chloroform (really), and most of them are impossible to purchase nowadays anyway, even if you wanted them. Which it turns out you don't.
What I started out doing was to write a revised list of equipment and reagents for use with this book. What I ended up with is a 20 page booklet that I've called An Introductory Guide for Adventuring Safely. I've put it online at google docs, and if you would like a copy, you can download it from there and print it off. Well, you can if I've done it right. Wry grin.
Just call it a Christmas present from me to you.
Ambleside Online has recently listed Adventures with a Microscope as part of its AO7 Science selections. It is a wonderful book, written in engaging and informative literary language, and I''m excited to be using it with Jemimah next year. Hopefully this guide will allow you to join us safely.
As a caveat - I haven't yet used this book, so the guide is sure to change as we work through its pages. My suggestions may not work, or we may find a better way of doing certain things. I'll be sure to let you know if and when that happens.