, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 119-120
Date: 08 Nov 2011

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri: Chemical demonstrations: a handbook for teachers of chemistry, Volume 5

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Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, the Lebanese-born Professor of Chemistry, William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea, Director, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and 2011 President–Elect, American Chemical Society, whose motto is “science is fun” (http://www.scifun.org), needs no introduction to chemical educators. In this long-awaited fifth volume in a “series of volumes aimed at providing teachers of chemistry at all educational levels with detailed instructions and background information for using chemical demonstrations in the classroom and in public lectures,” Bassam and his collaborators have provided those of us who regularly employ demonstrations in our courses with an attractive, oversized, copiously illustrated, meticulously documented, and well-planned source book.

These volumes, which I have characterized as “a series without peer,” differ from all other demonstration books in the wealth of detail given. Just as Inorganic Sy ...