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Gonzo Gizmos
Gonzo Gizmos

Gonzo Gizmos

Projects & Devices to Channel Your Inner Geek

SCIENCE

228 Pages, 7 x 10

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: December 2003

ISBN 9781556525209

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Dec 2003)

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Overview

More than 30 compelling projects for tinkerers ranging from casual to incurable

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.

Reviews

"A fine selection of his best stuff and is great for an introductory gift." —Kevin Kelly, former editor of Wired magazine

"Excellent." —Science Books & Films

Author Biography

Simon Field is an information systems specialist, ham radio operator, and tireless tinkerer who collects science experiments for his popular web site, www.scitoys.com.