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Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices
 
 
Author
William Gurstelle.
Publisher Chicago Review  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.8 x 7 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9781556523755
Pages/Publication Date 169/2001
Daedalus Item Code 31197
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What happens when you duct-tape a couple of potato chip tubes together, then add lighter fluid, a tennis ball, and a match? Actually, not much—unless you know the secret to engineering the famed tennis ball mortar. William Gurstelle, who also gave us Absinthe and Flamethrowers, The Art of the Catapult, and Building Bots, here shows how to construct 13 ballistic devices, from a match-powered mini-rocket to a scale model table-top catapult, using ordinary household and hardware store materials. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives troubleshooting tips, explains the physics behind the projects, and profiles scientists and experimenters like Alfred Nobel, Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton.

"Would-be rocketeers, take note: Engineer William Gurstelle has written a book for you."—Chicago Tribune

 
 
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