A Selection of the Scientific American Book Club
This fresh collection of more than 20 science
projects—from hydrogen fuel cells to computer-controlled
radio transmitters—is perfect for the tireless tinkerer.
Innovative activities include taking detailed plant cell
photographs through a microscope using a disposable camera;
building a rocket engine out of aluminum foil, paper clips,
and kitchen matches; and constructing a geodesic dome out
of gumdrops and barbecue skewers.
Organized by scientific topic, each chapter includes
explanations of the physics, chemistry, biology, or
mathematics behind the projects.
Most of the devices can be built using common
household products or components available at
hardware or electronic stores, and each experiment
contains illustrated step-by-step instructions with
photographs and diagrams that make construction easy.
No workbench warrior, science teacher, or grown-up geek
should be without this idea-filled resource.