Perfect gift: an atomic energy set for children? | Leigh (Bella) St John

It’s a strange world… In 1950, the Gilbert toy company, A.C. Gilbert, released a kit that allowed children to create and watch nuclear and chemical reactions using actual radioactive material! The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab set originally sold for $49.50 (around $500 today) and contained the following: Battery-powered Geiger counter Spinthariscope Electroscope Wilson cloud chamber “Nuclear spheres” for making a model of …

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