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Guide To The Stars by Hector Macpherson 1953


Title: Guide To The Stars
Author: Hector Macpherson
Publisher: Nelson
Publication Date: 1953
Format: Hardback
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear. In dustjacket with small tears, writing on front pastedown and first endpaper, otherwise clean pages.

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Reader's note

A 1953 edition of Guide To The Stars by Hector Macpherson. 'This is a popular science book for boys and girls and their parents. The idea behind the book is an exciting and fascinating one - to show how many of the major discoveries in chemistry were made by young men or women in their teens and twenties, sometimes with home-made apparatus and in opposition to accepted ideas. The book describes the early life and struggles of a number of brilliant young chemists and some of their epoch-making experiments. We read of Sir Humphry Davy, an apothecary's apprentice, becoming Director of the Laboratory of the Royal Institution at the age of twenty-two and of his discoveries there; and how Michael Faraday, a bookseller's apprentice, was appointed assistant in the same laboratory and, within three years was making discoveries which rivalled those of Sir Humphry himself.