Last week I went on and on about how much I love Theodore Gray's follow up to The Elements, Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything. And to be honest, I'm still drooling over it. But do you know what makes that book even better?
A good old fashioned, Molecule Set, the circa 1950's variety to be exact. Yep, they still make them, and we found them.
Perfect in all their colorful enameled wooden glory. Complete with real wood connectors and metal springs too!
I am quite sure other molecule model sets exist out there, but this one carries with it the warmth and history of decades of scientific education and discovery. Not to mention the durability of sustainable, quality materials.
So go ahead, take all the amazing and mind altering things you learned in Molecules, and bring them out into the world, watch them take shape, and see what a wonderful difference it makes.
Molecules Set includes:
- 1 1⁄4" Diameter Balls
- 10 - Black / Carbon (Tetrahedral (4 holes))
- 2 - Blue / Nitrogen (3 holes)
- 11⁄8" Diameter Balls
- 28 - Yellow / Hydrogen (1 hole)
- 6 - Red / Oxygen (2 holes) 4 - Green / Chlorine (1 hole)
- 2 - Orange / Bromine (1 hole)
- 2 - Purple / Iodine or Fluorine (1 hole)
- 30 - 11⁄4" wooden pegs
- 10 - 2 1⁄8" wooden pegs
- 10 - 2" springs
"A teacher commented that she has taught for twenty years in the school she attended as a youth. The school used these Organic Structure Kits when she attended there as a student. As a teacher she still uses them today. This illustrates that this is a time proven product, and a very effective teaching tool.
Atoms are represented by large 11⁄4" and 1 1⁄8" colored enameled balls drilled to receive connecting bonds. The bonds are represented by slotted pegs and springs, which make for easy assembly. The kit is designed to demonstrate the nature of compounds and the fundamental concepts of chemical change. Students can visualize the three-dimensional structure of a molecule and see first-hand the significance of the formulas.
The materials in this kit can be used to construct many different organic molecules and to illustrate different forms of isomerism, including structural isomers, cis-, trans-isomers, and chiral compounds. For example, propyl and isopropyl alcohol can readily be distinguished, as can ortho, meta, and para substituents on a benzene ring."
So go on, get out there and start making molecules!
* Last time in Books and Stories: Molecules + a Giveaway!