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700 Science Experiments for Everyone Hardcover – February 6, 1964


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  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; Rev Enl edition (February 6, 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385052758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385052757
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the end of World War II, the newly formed United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), noting the shortage of textbooks and teaching materials throughout much of the world, commissioned a book that would allow teachers to devise laboratory experiments with the most common of materials--candles, balls of paper, saucers, odd strands of twine. UNESCO's report grew into this fine and highly useful collection of experiments in the biological, geological, and atmospheric sciences. The experiments illustrate relatively simple facts--how static electricity can be concentrated, how liquids change to gases, how water is purified by passing through charcoal--with only minimal interpretation. It is therefore best used as a companion to a school primer or science encyclopedia. Now revised and updated, 700 Science Experiments for Everyone retains its emphasis on readily available materials, making this an especially useful resource for home-schoolers and for anyone with an urge to learn firsthand how the physical world works. --Gregory McNamee

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I grew up with this book in the early 1960's.
David Witten
I'm getting a copy to use with my son, largely because I learned so much and had so much fun with it when I was a kid.
M Windmill
It is packed full of simple apparatus to build covering most fields of science.
J. Calhoun

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Witten on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I grew up with this book in the early 1960's. It is a true classic. UNESCO's intention was to make science education possible in parts of the world where sophisticated apparatus is unavailable. The effect has been to create concise, memorable illustrations of scientific principles available to everyone.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Calhoun on March 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I grew up with this book in the 70's. It is packed full of simple apparatus to build covering most fields of science. For some reason, the weather instruments you can build stand out in my mind as particularly engaging - and of course the chemistry examples.
I seem to recall a carbon-rod oven/kiln you could build (I did) and it seems to have gone missing in this more modern edition (and perhaps just as well, it was truly dangerous). Otherwise, this is good old fashioned science experiments and apparatus straight out of the 60's. It is getting to be a tired old saw, but I have to say it: this book helps in some small way to fill what has gone missing in modern education and a child's youth. Turn off the T.V. and head into the garage/basement for some science fun and education.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By F. Reese on January 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my daughter for Christmas 2004. She was a little too young for it at the time, but we have been trying to use in now. Yes, it tells how to build apparatus and yes, it has brief descriptions of how to setup and run simple experiments. What is lacking is a coherent explanation of why to do the experiments, why the experiments work, and what scientific principle is being illustrated. This book may be useful as an aid to teachers who already have introduced the scientific concepts to a class, but for a kid trying to learn by doing, it is sorely lacking. I was disappointed and so was my daughter.

The perils of buying books on-line I suppose. If I had actually looked through the book, I would not have bought it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith_Joseph on November 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for any secondary school science club or school fair (age 11+, and probably of particular interest to boys). The 250 pages are crammed with 700 experiments that adults and children can do at home or school. Many experiments would suit preteens with some adult help, and would be suitable for fun Primary school demos. The experiments cover everything from static electricity, forces and rocks to plants and animals and the weather. They tend to concentrate on fun physics which is very usefull as many kids find that subject rather dull. A few 'experiments' are ideas like 'setting up an aquarium for larger water animals' or are informative like 'a chart of the constellations of the zodiac' (but don't expect much detail). The book also has ten pages devoted to suggestions for the teaching of general science. Note that this is a book of 'experiments' as stated in the title, and not a 'theory' book. Having a PhD in science and a school teaching qualification I suppose I don't need any detailed 'theory' in the text, but as discussed by other reviewers younger Primary school children (under 10) may not understand why things happen from this book and would benefit from an adult's explanation. Older kids will get the theory from standard school text books and their teachers, and so enjoy the experiments more. In many cases it may also be fun working out why it is happening (try the net and library books).

The book is really a facimile of the original book published in the late 50's ('revised & enlarged' in 1962), so the appendices listing books and periodicals like UK's 'Meccano Magazine Monthly' at 1 Shilling (20 cents) per copy are hopelessly out of date, although they add a real period charm.
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Format: Hardcover
I haven't seen this book since elementary school, but I had a lot of fun reading it and trying some of the experiments. Yes, there was an electric arc kiln project in the original version. It used the carbon rods from old batteries, a flowerpot for the kiln, and to adjust the current, a rheostat made with lead fishing weights in a jar of salt water. I couldn't get it to work: the breaker would blow as soon as I got it close to arcing.

My other favorite from the elementary library was Alfred Morgan's "Simple Chemical Experiments", particularly the chapter on "Safe Fireworks".
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