- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 2 edition (September 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1613740646
- ISBN-13: 978-1613740644
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 243 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
William Gurstelle is the author of Absinthe & Flamethrowers; The Art of the Catapult; Building Bots; The Practical Pyromaniac; Notes from the Technology Underground; and Whoosh, Boom, Splat. He is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years and is a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics and Make magazine and writes frequently for Wired, The Rake, and several other national magazines. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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The science behind each project is well explained, and there is a lot of history about the scientists who came up with some of the most pivotal theories about physics and how they tested them.
Recommended with adult supervision for middle school and high school children. It's not deeply technical and it's very accessible even for teens who aren't really interested in science.
Also recommended for husbands who like to build things that go boom and are interested in science.
They are jazzed about trying some out. Son in Law is a school teacher and he will use some of the projects to teach physics and chemistry to his kids. (IF the school allows it in this day and age!)
Pretty docile and benign compared to what WE did when WE were kids back in the 60's! Times change and so do fines/penalties and laws so this is pretty safe when done under adult supervision- ...Guess ya just gotta find the right "adult"!!