“Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: A Chemistry Set for the iPad” on The Culture of Chemistry
April 15, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
Excerpted from an article by Michelle Francl
Round about the cauldron go; In the poison’d entrails throw. . . . Perhaps not surprisingly for the daughter of two chemists, this scene from Macbeth was my introduction to Shakespeare. . . .
Though a confirmed theorist (the only things extracted in my lab are coffee and tea), I still love the idea that you can pull a chemical reaction off the paper and, by boiling and bubbling (along with much swelter’ng and perhaps even a dash of dragon’s scale), transform the known into the new and very different. The Chemical Heritage Foundation, where I was a fellow in 2012, has one of the world’s largest collection of vintage chemistry sets. Read More.