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This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions Hardcover – Pop up, October 3, 2017
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"As impossible as it seems, this brilliant book allows its reader to manipulate scientific concepts like light, sound, time, and space. It is an irresistible treat for all ages."—Amazon reviewer
A completely unique and incredibly cool pop-up science book for adults and kids who love design, interactive art, and paper toys, This Book is a Planetarium is a single volume that turns into:
- A working planetarium book projecting constellations on the ceilings and walls
- A musical instrument with strings to strum
- A geometric drawing generator
- An infinite calendar
- A message decoder
- A speaker that amplifies sound
- Fans of adult pop-up books like Robert Sabuda's Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up, Matthew Reinhart's Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Interactive MinaLima edition
- Birthday, Father's Day, Mother's Day, graduation, holiday, and roommate gifts for men and women
- Displaying alongside art, fashion, and design coffee table books or gift books that celebrate science such as Neil deGrasse Tyson's Welcome to the Universe in 3D
From the Publisher
What can paper do?
Consider this book an interactive field guide to the invisible: play with aspects of our world that are usually abstractions, like light, sound, time, and space.
Includes six functional pop-up paper contraptions:
A musical instrument
Sound is produced when something physical vibrates the air surrounding it—whether that object is a string, vocal chords, or a speaker.
A decoder ring
Substitution is when each letter is swapped for a different character falling a specified number of positions away.
A perpetual calendar
This perpetual calendar works because it is a wheel—which, like a year, is also a cycle divisible into smaller units.
Light rays travel through transparent materials, bounce off of reflective surfaces, and are stopped by unreflective objects. Here, most of the light is blocked by the paper walls, which reflect the light back into the glowing dome.
The speaker works because its conical structure takes advantage of how sound waves travel through air.
The spiralgraph produces beautiful patterns through the action of nested spinning.
“A wondrous pop-up masterpiece that translates the laws of physics, from light to time, into magical hands-on demonstrations…. This Book Is a Planetarium is immeasurably delightful, an achievement of elaborate engineering that feels somehow as spare and precise as a poem.” —Brain Pickings
About the Author
Kelli Anderson is a Brooklyn-based artist, graphic designer, and self-identified "tinkerer."
- Publisher : Chronicle Books; Pop edition (October 3, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 5 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1452136211
- ISBN-13 : 978-1452136219
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 1.46 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.7 x 1.2 x 12.05 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #7 in Book Design
- #38 in Paper Craft
- #1,433 in Science & Math (Books)
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This book is well thought out and a good quality product, not to mention something a little different.