Gonzo Gizmos by Simon Quellen Field
Projects & Devices to Channel Your Inner Geek

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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.

About Simon Quellen Field

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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.
Published December 1, 2003 by Chicago Review Press. 241 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction

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His experiments range from the disarming (e.g., a plastic hydrogen bomb which, he admits,""sounds a bit dangerous"" but can also function as""a high-tech squirt gun"") to the useful (such as a""quicky electric motor"").

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