David Davi s
The chemistry set, the proper one which before World War 2, which you either assembled yourself from your hardware store plus the local pharmacists, or which (after the war) you could buy quite easily, which you could still add to, and with which you could burn things, blow stuff up excitingly and also learn chemistry, has disappeared.
“Health and Safety”, a socialist (which is to say, Nazi) concept, plus (in my view) a deliberate State Attempt to deny technical knowledge to “the masses”, which of course socialists and other such Nazis have always regarded as dangerous people – to be controlled, has done for all the useful sets.
A few days ago I posted a wish list of some of the right chemicals which ought to be included. I would welcome comments from interested readers. here is again;
No particular order of importance:-
Phosphoric acid, flakes.
A “Woods metal” ingot (Bi, Sn, Cd, Pb alloy, melts at 55C)
Potassium permanganate, solid.
Iron oxide powder
Calcium carbide (so cheap once, you couldn’t giv it away.)
Potassium dichromate (or potassium chromate would do.)
Manganese (IV) dioxide
Potassium or sodium nitrate
Mercury (II) Oxide
Aniline (cryptically referred to as “phenylamine” in the trans-planetarily-wierd and outlandish British A-level syllabus…did you know that they have to represent a benzene ring as a single hexagon with a circle inside it?)
Ammonium (V) vanadate or (VI) molybdate
Iron sulphide sticks
Magnesium metal, ribbon
Calcium metal in naphtha
Iron (III) nitrate
A DECENT spirit burner, capable of running about 30 mins or more and with a big wick
Glass rods and tubes, for bending; capillary (1mm) and standard about 3mm bore
A good sharp cork-borer for same
Proper glass test tubes and corks/bungs to fit
Salicylic acid or benzoic acid crystals
Carbon charcoal powder (fine)
Of course, all the usual harmless gear such as Copper (II) sulphate, Copper (II) carbonate, Sodium bisulphate, potassium hydrogen tartrate, Magnesium sulphate (what was this for exactly except as a laxative?) Logwood chips, Sodium or Potassium carbonate, Litmus paper etc would be included.
I am not sure that any Western polity would allow us these days to sell you chlorates AND sulphur in the same set (as opposed to one or the other.) Or even Ammonium nitrate on its own. The “War on Terror” , which is of course the wrong war by definition since you can’t wage war against a tactic, but only against a logically-defined and ideologically-inimical enemy who has actual substance, has put paid to this combination.
It’s because your own “rulers” don’t trust you coz’ of what and who you are; but then that’s your problem, and not ours - for you were asleep and failed to not vote for them, while they were surreptitiously climbing the greasy pole of leftist politics in the West, for the past 40 years…
Still, I’d like to canvass the vies of readers on whether this enterprise might be viable.