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Idiots. Another potential engineer frightened away by blind mindless authority.

This is why modern "chemistry sets" come with sand, salt and purified water, and no potentially dangerous chemicals. Take away the love of science and the love of experimentation, enforce rote memorization. And then the same vice principal will complain that America's science standards are slipping.

In the long run we will cease to be a leader in science and innovation. But the good news is that as we become a third world country there will be plenty of jobs in the factories of other nations that come here for the cheap labor we will provide them in the future.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 17th, 2010 at 05:30:59 PM EST
I went from my Gilbert Chemistry Set to buying stands, bunsen burners, clamps, flasks, etc. and purchasing concentrated sulphuric, hydrochloric and nitric acid, along with 1lb. bottles of potassium bromide, etc.  My personal favorite experiment was making elemental bromine and hydrogen bromide--when I was 12-15 years old.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jan 21st, 2010 at 04:47:36 PM EST
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