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The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

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Provides instructions on building seven catapults, including God's Stone Thrower and the Wild Donkey, using common materials.

About the Author

William Gurstelle is the author of Absinthe and Flamethrowers, The Art of the Catapult, the bestselling Backyard Ballistics,Building Bots, Whoosh, Boom, Splat, and Notes from the Technology Underground. He is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years. He is a contributing editor atMake magazine and writes frequently for Wired, The Rake, and several other national magazines. He can be contacted at nfttu.blogspot.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments — Time line — Introduction: Days before gunpowder — Always be careful — Science of siege — Catapults around the world: Spring engine catapult — Viking catapult — Shooting snakes in a barrel--Catapults of Alexander the Great: Alexander's artillery: Macedonian ballista — Slings of the ancients: Ballearic hand sling — Thracian staff sling — Black flag flies over acre--Saladin, Richard, and the third crusade: God's stone thrower: Traction-style catapult — Cabulus, the great horse trebuchet: Cabulus, the great horse trebuchet — John Crabbe--Tinkerer, sailor, soldier, spy: Making rope — Wild donkey: Onager catapult — Hammer of the Scots: Ludgar, the war wolf — Sun sets on catapult warfare: Basket-pult.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569766774
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
main_subject
Author:
Gurstelle, William
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Juvenile Nonfiction : Technology - How Things Work/Are Made
Subject:
Juvenile Nonfiction : Science & Nature - Experiments & Proje
Publication Date:
July 2004
Binding:
eBooks
Grade Level:
5-10
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Age Level:
10-15

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Children's » Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Experiments
Children's » Nonfiction » Science and Nature » General
Children's » Science and Nature » Science Experiments » Experiments
History and Social Science » Military » Weapons » General

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