The demonstrations capture interest, teach, inform, fascinate, amaze, and perhaps, most importantly, involve students in chemistry. Nowhere else will you find books that answer, "How come it happens? . . . Is it safe? . . . What do I do with all the stuff when the demo is over?"
Shakhashiri and his collaborators offer 282 chemical demonstrations arranged in 11 chapters. Each demonstration includes seven sections: a brief summary, a materials list, a step-by-step account of procedures to be used, an explanation of the hazards involved, information on how to store or dispose of the chemicals used, a discussion of the phenomena displayed and principles illustrated by the demonstration, and a list of references.
About the Author
John MacKay is professor of Slavic and East European languages and literatures and film studies and is chair of the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is author of Inscription and Modernity: From Wordsworth to Mandelstam.
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List of Illustrations
Introduction: Serfs as Writers
Nikolai Smirnov, "Autobiography" (1785)
P. (Petr O.), "News about Russia" (ca. 1849)
Nikolai Shipov, "The Story of My Life and Wanderings: The Tale of the Former Serf Peasant Nikolai Shipov" (1802-62)
M. E. Vasilieva, "Notes of a Serf Woman" (1911)