I received a call from Steve Silberman who is a contributing editor for Wired Magazine, and he had some interesting questions about how teaching science had changed over the years. Specifically, Steve wanted to know about teachers using chemicals in the classroom for an article called Don’t Try This at Home. We talked about advice that I had received from Don Herbert (you know… Mr. Wizard) early in my television career. This lead to the story of what happened when the Wild Goose Science Company teamed up with Restoration Hardware to recreate one of Mr. Wizard’s original chemistry sets. Silberman does a great job in the article of capturing the many ways that teaching science has changed over the years (from a consumer’s standpoint). But the best part of the article is the story of Joy White and Bob Lazar who own United Nuclear and how police officers and federal agents stormed their business in search of chemicals used to make fireworks. The article is fascinating.
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