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The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists: The Coolest Experiments and Projects for Science Fairs and Family Fun Paperback – Bargain Price, November 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 860-1400660423 ISBN-10: 1592406882

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406882
  • ASIN: B007SRXC6C
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If there's a series of books I would recommend as a must-have for all dads, it would have to be the Geek Dad books. They're creative and fun while being really educational at the same time." - Chris Singer, BookDads.com

"The real joy of this book comes from working and learning as a family and sharing your observations and enthusiasm. I have barely scratched the surface of what this book has to offer and look forward to completing the more complex projects with my little geeks." - FatherGeek.com

"Whether you're looking to inspire a love of science in your young child,or to encourage an older child to hold on to their curiosity about how things work,this book is sure to give you ideas galore and hours of fun and educational entertainment." - Nicole Wakelin, GeekMom.com

About the Author

Ken Denmead is the editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site. A professional civil engineer, he lives near San Francisco with his wife and their two sons, who are both geeks in training.

More About the Author

Ken is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as a civil engineer. He's also the publisher of GeekDad, a parenting blog where along with a group of other dedicated, geeky parents he posts projects, book and movie reviews, weekly podcasts, and more about being a parent and being a geek.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2012
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This is generally a pretty good book. Lots of cool and fun ideas.

However, a fair number of these projects require far more patience and time than my kids would put up with. Or me.

If you have bright kids with good listening skills and lots of patience, this is the book for you.

If you have kids that tend to get bored when things are not moving fast enough to keep them interested, like I do, you might want to stick to old fashioned sports.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Cameron Calkins on January 22, 2013
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I went to school for the hard sciences, so when I saw this, I had to have it.

I'm used to cold boring instructions from college text books and lab exercise manuals, which we were somehow able to decipher to do our course work, but this book is an easy and fun read. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the degree of complexity of the projects is clearly labeled.

You don't have to be a science geek to do these projects.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Happymama2 on June 22, 2012
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I purchased this for my hubby to do cool stuff with our kids. He will wait a bit till they get older. But he loves it and is super excited to do some of the stuff himself as well. Great gift for a dad!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dadlee on July 21, 2013
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problem: computer-progammer pro seeks fun times with five-year-old daughter. oops -- kids don't run on "0" and "1" series! you catch that spark in a different way. dads will invent and five-year-olds will reinterpret happier with ken denmead's delightful ideas book that goes many steps beyond finding out how many buckets of water + how much mud = the amount of mud that makes mom self-propel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By catzapps on August 21, 2012
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Bought this for my husband to use when our son gets old enough. Really cute, fun, easy stuff to do and it also presents a great way to bond with your kids
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By KT on April 29, 2014
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I got this for the mad scientist in my house and they love it, who knows what will be bubbling and moving in this house. Lol. It keeps it very interesting and the boys love doing the stuff in it. I like to help and I like spending the time with them to create some of the stuff. Good book, I recommend it.
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Schools aren't really teaching what I'd call science, at least where I live. After a few years of trying to follow the schools guidance on projects I thankfully found Ken's series of books. Not only are his projects great fun for the whole family, my kids are actually learning science.
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By Damon on April 10, 2014
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decent book. has afew good ideas. too much talking and not enough action. still better than i can write though.
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