Book Search:  

 

 
Google full text of our books:

bookjacket

The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science:
The Very Best Backyard Science Experiments You Can Do Yourself
Neil A. Downie

Book Description | Reviews
Chapter 1 [in PDF format]

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

SIMPLE BUT SUBTLE . . . SIMPLE BUT NOT ALWAYS EASY TO EXPLAIN 1

  1. Blunderspuds and Carrot Cannons--Artillery and Boyle's Law 3
  2. Mr. Bernoulli's Pop-Up Piston--More Bernoulli Weirdness 9
  3. The Rapid-Fire Vacuum Bazooka--Fire Projectiles or Clean the Floor 15
  4. Single-Blade Propellers--Venetian Gondolas 22
  5. Soda Mint Fountains--Thirst for Knowledge and Water Quenched at Once 29
  6. The Armor-Plated Sandcastle--Gas and Sand Combine 34
  7. The Riddle of the Sands--Weird but Beautiful Patterns Appear, All of Their Own Accord 39
  8. Tricks of Sideways Light--Magic Mondrians and Invisible Watches 47
  9. Sunbeam Exploders--Ray Guns Aren't Sci-Fi Any More 55
  10. The Dead-or-Alive Ball--To Bounce or Not to Bounce, Th at Is the Question 64
  11. Cowboy Coffee--Yee Haw! 68
  12. Electric Glue--The Modern Glue 77
  13. Electric Gunpowder--Explosive Electricity! 84
  14. An Eiffel Brick Tower--Eat Your Heart Out, Monsieur Eiffel! 90
  15. Dominoids--Four-Foot Brobdingnagian Monster Dominoes Will Hit the Floor at the End of a Row of Standard Dominoes 97
  16. Colloons--Civil and Aeronautical Engineering Combined: Neither Column nor Balloon 104
  17. Motor Brushes--The Science of Vibration-Driven Vehicles Is Applied to a Humble Household Brush 112
  18. A Smooth-Wheel Paddle Steamer--Invisible (well, almost) Marine Propulsion 117
  19. A String Amplifier--The Powerful Science of Loops of String 124
  20. The Punkah Pendulum--Air-Conditioning and Timekeeping Combined 130
  21. The Maharaja's Sunshade--Air in Motion Provides Tent and Air-Conditioning Rolled into One 136

SURPRISINGLY SUBTLE . . . SURPRISES GALORE IN THIS MAVERICK COLLECTION 143

  1. An Electric Sundial--Tired of Running to Your Cave Entrance to Get the Time? 145
  2. The Kleenex Clock--Time from Tissue Paper 153
  3. The Torsion Time Pencil--Peeling off Atomic Layers as Time Goes by 160
  4. The Swell-Gel Flowstopper--Stop Water Going up Your Gas Lines 165
  5. The Vortex Pump--Whirling Water Magic 170
  6. Waxaulics--Hydraulics for Candles 175
  7. Telestrings--Remote-Controlled Art 182
  8. Squirting String--Getting String to Flow through Pipes 189
  9. Spider Technology--The Silken Secrets of Spiderman 194

SIMPLE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE . . . FUNDAMENTALS OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD UNCOVERED IN ELEGANTLY SIMPLE DEMONSTRATIONS 203

  1. The Molecule Meter--I Speak Your Molecular Weight! 205
  2. Talking Sparks--Send Messages at 186 Million Miles per Hour: See How Radio Pioneer Marconi First Sent Radio a Thousand Miles 211
  3. Light and Lens Pipes--The Strong Focusing Principle Used in the Microscopes of Fundamental Particle Physics 221
  4. Fire from Water--The Power of Concentration 230
  5. The Heliracket--Waves, Molecules, and Music 239
  6. The Helitower--The Momentum Principle of Rockets and Helicopters 248

CLOXOTICA-- EXOTIC CLOCKS AND OSCILLATORS: A CORNUCOPIA OF UNUSUAL CLOCKS 257

  1. The Paperclip Clock--A Major Leap Forward in Horological Science, the Acme of Simplicity 259
  2. The Micropendulum--The Prestipendulous Tick-Tock Clock 266
  3. The String Thing--Ballet Dancing for Pendulums 274
  4. Eddy the Coniclock--A Spinning Disk Powers a Conical Pendulum 280
  5. The Humming Clock--Recycle Unwanted Mains Hum to Run Your Clock 285
  6. An Hourglass Wallah--The Sands of Time Updated 292
  7. The Knife-through-Butter Clock--Melting Time 300
  8. Creepy Clocks and Time Pencils--The Slow Flow of Solids 307
  9. A Polymerizing Clock--Telling Time with Glue and Chemistry 316
  10. Delay-Line Oscillators--Pass-the-Parcel Oscillators 322
  11. The Fan Flap Flip-Flop Clock--A Huffi ng and Puffing Clock 328
  12. The Faucet Oscillator--Measuring Time with Spurts of Water 333
  13. The Slugulator--Not an Oscillator for the Impatient! 338
  14. The Sloshulator--Time from Waves 344

GEEKONICS--SIMPLER THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT, AND NOT JUST FOR GEEKS 351

  1. The Telebubblegraph--Sending Bubbly Messages the Electrolytic Way 353
  2. The Touchy-Feely Sensor--Putting a Number to Hotfeelingness and Coldfeelingness 361
  3. Fire Wire--Finding Fire along a Wire 368
  4. Electric Bubble Memory--Minute Electric Cells Keep Your 1s and 0s Safe 375
  5. Red-Hot Memory--Binary Memory: 0s Are Cold and 1s Are (ouch!) Hot 381
  6. Deflation Detection--Ultrasonic Tire Monitoring 390

MAD, BAD, AND DANGEROUS--PROJECTS THAT HAVE HAZARDS, ALTHOUGH THEY CAN BE MINIMIZED 397

  1. Deep Impact--Armor-Piercing Carrots: High-Speed Vegetables 399
  2. The Flying Soda Bottle--A Spectacular Piece of Practical Science Using the Rapid Release of Energy from Compressed Gas 409
  3. Oxygen Fireworks--The Greener, Safer Ground Fireworks System 419

GREAT STUFF--BIGGER PROJECTS THAT NEED SPACE AND LARGER PARTS 431

  1. The Helevator--The Elevator of Oz: Is It a Helicopter or an Elevator? 433
  2. An Airbag Oscillator--Your Body Forms Part of This Ride-On Brobdingnagian Oscillator 441
  3. A Bubble-Tube Oscillator--Trains of Bubbles Chase Each Other Upward 449
  4. The Preposterously Big Party Blowout--The Holiday Party Favorite Scaled up to Span Football Fields 457
  5. Pink-Noise Pipes--Make Music from Noise! 463
  6. Turbo Panjandrums--The Auto-Unicycle 469
  7. The Impossible Turbine--The Backward-Forward-Always-Clockwise Turbine 477
  8. A Rocket Railroad--Th is Rocket Pumps Propellant from the Track as It Goes Along 483
  9. The Hovertrain--A Railroad without Rails 489
  10. A Jet-Wash Rocket--The Superclean Rocket 496
  11. The Single-Helix Pump--You Don't Need a Double Helix to Squirt Water at Surprising Pressure 503
  12. Leonardo's Bridge--No Nails or Screws or String: It's Just a Subtle Stack of Sticks 509
  13. Your Personal Hovercraft--You Have a Personal Computer, Why Not Ride Around on Your Personal Hovercraft? 517

Tips and Tricks 527

Old-Fashioned Units 531

Bibliography 533

Index

Return to Book Description

File created: 4/17/2014

Questions and comments to: webmaster@press.princeton.edu
Princeton University Press

New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Videos/Audios
Sample Chapters
Subjects
Series
Catalogs
Textbooks
For Reviewers
Class Use
Rights
Permissions
Ordering
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
Princeton APPS
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
Links
F.A.Q.
MATH SITE
PUP Home


Bookmark and Share