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Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home—But Probably Shouldn't
 
 
Author
Theodore Gray.
Publisher Black Dog & Leventhal  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 9.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781579127916
Pages/Publication Date 239/2009
Daedalus Item Code 23464
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Description
Culled from Theo Gray's column "Gray Matter," which has been a favorite of Popular Science readers for years, here are 52 of the wacky, daredevil experiments devised by Gray, expanded to include more of the fascinating science behind them and illustrated with hundreds of additional color photos. Witness as Gray makes subatomic radioactive particles dance in a cloud chamber, mixes sodium and chlorine to create a smoke that will salt a super-sized bag of popcorn, builds a liquid battery out of copper sulfate, launches a rocket with a Snickers bar, and uses liquid nitrogen to make a gallon of ice cream in record time.

"This is a fabulous book, and a real education, too – a beautiful introduction to hands-on chemistry. Theo Gray brings us dozens of experiments in minute, clear, and loving detail, and each one becomes a door onto the marvels of how chemicals react. Whether he is showing us how to make table salt from its violent elements, or, in a quieter vein, to make one's own nylon thread or 'lead' pencils, Gray's encyclopedic knowledge and contagious enthusiasm transport us to deep intellectual realms, while never sacrificing a sense of wonder and, above all, fun."—Oliver Sacks

"What a magnificent book. It's gorgeous, playful, and draws you in. Every single photo shows not only a deep love of science in the abstract, but also a tinkerer's love of the STUFF of science; the tools and glass, the clay and metal, and all the things that make science accessible to everyone."—Adam Savage

 
 
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