Synopses & Reviews
Step-by-step instructions to building more than 30 fascinating devices are included in this book for workbench warriors and grown-up geeks. Detailed illustrations and diagrams explain how to construct a simple radio with a soldering iron, a few basic circuits, and three shiny pennies. Instructions are included for a rotary steam engine that requires a candle, a soda can, a length of copper tubing, and just 15 minutes. To use optics to roast a hot dog, no electricity or stove is required, just a flexible plastic mirror, a wooden box, a little algebra, and a sunny day. Also included are experiments most science teachers probably never demonstrated, such as magnets that levitate in midair, metals that melt in hot water, a Van de Graaff generator made from a pair of empty soda cans, and lasers that transmit radio signals. Every experiment is followed by an explanation of the applicable physics or chemistry.
"A fine selection of his best stuff and is great for an introductory gift." Kevin Kelly, former editor of Wired
"Excellent." Science Books & Films
"Gonzo Gizmos" includes step-by-step instructions to building more than 30 devices and explanations of the physics and chemistry involved.
Presents step-by-step instructions on building more than thirty science devices, including a magnetic heat machine, a high-voltage ion motor, a radio, and a rotary steam engine.
About the Author
is an information systems specialist, ham radio operator, and tireless tinkerer who collects science experiments for his popular web site, www.scitoys.com.