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The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists
It’s never been more important to engage a child's scientific curiosity, and Sean Connolly knows just how to do it—with lively, hands-on, seemingly "dangerous" experiments that pop, ooze, crash, and teach! Now, the author of The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science, takes it one step further: He leads kids through the history of science, and then creates amazing yet simple experiments that demonstrate key scientific principles.
Tame fire just like a Neanderthal with the Fahrenheit 451 experiment. Round up all your friends and track the spread of "disease" using body glitter with an experiment inspired by Edward Jenner, the vaccination pioneer who's credited with saving more lives than any other person in history. Rediscover the wheel and axle with the ancient Sumerians, and perform an astounding experiment demonstrating the theory of angular momentum. Build a simple telescope—just like Galileo's—and find the four moons he discovered orbiting Jupiter (an act that helped land him in prison). Take a less potentially catastrophic approach to electricity than Ben Franklin did with the Lightning Mouth experiment. Re-create the Hadron Collider in a microwave with marshmallows, calculator, and a ruler—it won't jeopardize Earth with a simulated Big Bang, but will demonstrate the speed of light. And it's tasty!
By letting kids stand on the shoulders of Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, the Wright brothers, Marie Curie, Darwin, Watson and Crick, and more, The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science is an uncommonly engaging guide to science, and the great stories of the men and women behind the science.
||Workman Publishing Company|
||May 05, 2010|
|Average Customer Rating:
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6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Great gift for kidsJul 15, 2010
Received as a gift for the kids. They loved it...easy and fun. They've worked their way through a good number of the experiments, some alone and some with friends. Keeps them off the computer....
10 of 12 found the following review helpful:
OK If you're in 3rd gradeMar 03, 2011
By A Zelda Fan
This book has the worst experiments i've ever done. The cover says "hey kids, try these experiments at home! Smashing atoms! making gunpowder! Firing rockets! Using Lasers!" and a few more things. the experiments are actually microwaving marshmallows, putting an iron nail im vinegar, making a bike pump powered rocket out of a plastic bottle, and shining a flashlight across a table. theres this thing called the catastrophe meter that goes from ! to !!!!, ! being no risk, and !!!! involves use of hot stuff. One experiment is a !!!! because you could spill flour. You would be better off with the "Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry" by Robert Bruce Thompson
12 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Better for younger kids.Dec 31, 2010
The website states grades 5-10, but my 8th grader found the book boring. One experiment was to rub a balloon on someone's hair for static electricity. Very elementary. We are returning the book.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Great Fun!Aug 22, 2010
"If you can't find it online, you can't find it!"
Great book. My 10 year old son has carried this book around with him ALL summer long. If you have a boy who is into making "dangerous" ;-) things, this is the book for him.
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
great resource for home and afterschool programsJul 15, 2010
This is a well edited book that has history, biography and other relevant background along with some pretty cool experiments. It's edgy enough for the middle school crowd and easy enough for younger kids if they have adult supervision. My neighbor, a teacher, "borrowed" it for a week. I had to order another!
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