Chemistry set

Chemistry set
A 1940s Gilbert chemistry set

A chemistry set is an educational toy allowing the user (typically a teenager) to perform simple chemistry experiments. The best known such sets were produced by the A. C. Gilbert Company, an early and middle 20th century American manufacturer of educational toys. Porter Chemical Company and the Skilcraft corporation were other manufacturers.

Well known chemistry sets from the United Kingdom include the 1960's and 1970's sets by Thomas Salter (produced in Scotland) and later Salters Science, then the "MERIT" sets through the 1970's and 1980's. Dekkertoys created a range of sets which were similar, complete with glass test tubes of dry chemicals. The modern offerings, with a few exceptions, tend to have less in the way of chemicals and very simplified instructions. A GCSE equipment set was produced offering students better quality equipment, and there is also a more up market range of sets available from Thames & Kosmos such as the C3000 Kit.[1] [2] In the United Kingdom, Thomas Salter Science produced a series of seven chemistry sets in the 1970s.

Typical contents might include:

Chemicals commonly found in chemistry sets include:

Several authors[3] [4] have noted that from the 1980s on, concerns about illegal drug production, terrorism and legal liability have led to chemistry sets becoming increasing bland and unexciting.

See also


  1. ^ Stanley, Norm (July 12, 2002). "Amateur Science, 1900-1950: A Historical Overview". Proceedings and Presentations of the First Annual Citizen Science Conference. Society for Amateur Scientists. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ DiVernieri, Rosie (2006). "The Chemistry Set: From Toy to Icon". Chemical Heritage Magazine (Chemical Heritage Foundation) 24 (1): 22. 
  3. ^ Von Korff, R.W. (2006). "Where Have the Chemistry Sets Gone?". The Midland Chemist (American Chemical Society) 43 (5). 
  4. ^ Fuscaldo, Donna (December 11th, 2007). "The Grinch Who Stole the Chemistry Set". Philosophy of Science Portal. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 

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