Alan MacDiarmid recalled later in life the first time he came across a copy of The boy chemist in the Lower Hutt library when he was about 10 years old. He continually renewed the book, and tried many of the experiments in it. These included instructions for making a range of fireworks and other small explosives, such as the ones pictured here: ‘Making Rainbow Lights’ and ‘A Fourth of July Sparkler’.
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Reference: A. Frederick Collins, The Boy Chemist. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1924, pp. 250–251
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