“Who Killed the Chemistry Set?” on WHYY’s NewsWorks
January 3, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
Excerpted from an article by Zack Seward
Jennifer Landry is opening an “atomic energy” chemistry set from the late 1950s.
She’s the director of the Chemical Heritage Foundation museum, which has the largest public collection of chemistry sets in the U.S.
The bright red Chemcraft set she’s holding is a mirror to the fascinations of its time. Bold letters aside dozens of vials of chemicals promise new experiments in “Modern Plastic,” “Outer Space” and “Atomic Energy.”
“What’s interesting is, it does have uranium ore in it, as well as a radioactive screen, so you’d be safe,” Landry said. “You have your radioactive screen, it’s OK,” she adds, laughing. Read more.