After-Dinner Science, by Kenneth M. Swezey
Five out of five stars
This book contains a set of what was formerly called “parlor tricks,” things that were done to entertain guests after dinner was completed. However, in this case the tricks involve the application of the principles of basic science and many are used in science classes at all levels of study.
While some of them require the use of chemicals and other equipment usually not found in the home, all are easily available at department stores or in basic chemical supply stores. The demonstrations illustrate fundamental scientific principles, so if they are accompanied by the proper explanations, there is a lot of potential learning packed into this book. Even though the images are somewhat dated, the science is timeless and first-rate.