Synopses & Reviews
How do you make a clock out of an ice cube? Send messages using bubbles? Make money using a tube that waltzes? This collection of curious and offbeat science experiments provides the answers to these and thirty-six other fascinating questions.
Accomplished physicist and science writer Neil A. Downie covers a range of phenomena, from the rocking and rolling that drives a waltzing tube; to the fluid mechanics of a coffee-cup rev counter and biceps made from balloons; to the simple chemistry of red-hot batteries and wet solar cells. For each experiment, he provides historical anecdotes about the relevant phenomena, a list of equipment, detailed instructions, and a full explanationrequiring only high-school mathematicsof the science behind the procedure. For those intrigued by a particular experiment, he includes follow-up suggestions, which describe ways to tinker with the initial "recipe."
This collection of lively experiments, with complete explanations and simple mathematics, will appeal to high-school science teachers, inveterate tinkerers, amateur scientists, or anyone looking for a project for the next science fair.
"This is a book that science teachers will love. With simple experiments that illustrate physical principles and then use basic mathematics to explain why they work, it will liven up classes for a wide age range." Mark Kidger, astronomer at La Palma Observatory and La Laguna University
Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-328) and index.
About the Author
Neil A. Downie is a lead scientist with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and the author of Vacuum Bazookas, Electric Rainbow Jelly, and 27 Other Saturday Science Projects.