DIY alchemy



Written by three science instructors, The Chemistry of Alchemy: From Dragon's Blood to Donkey Dung, How Chemistry Was Forged" is a combination weird science history and DIY projects book.

"We wanted to know what made them think they could make gold, and what kept them at their kettles failure after failure," the authors write.

Scientific American shares an excerpt about "How to 'Transmute' Copper Into Brass."