|Date: October 26, 1998
|Comparison of Pipette Fillers
In the golden age of chemistry, it was said that a good chemist could identify specific compounds by the mere taste and touch of a substance against the tongue, lips, and fingers. It has also been said of this same period that there was no such thing as an old chemist.
Although chemists today may not have the same adventurous, if foolhardy approach, they have perhaps traded unbridled enthusiasm for caution. The horrible death from radium poisoning that Marie Curie suffered in the name of science has served as an object lesson to many of those who would dare to follow in her footsteps.
The evolution of laboratory apparatus from mouths and fingers to thoroughly modern test tubes and petri dishes has witnessed an increase in the longevity of the once-endangered experimenter. In addition to preserving our friend the common lab scientist,...