Ink Sandwiches, Electric worms

and 37 Other Experiments for Saturday Science

Neil. A. Downie

Paperback: 352 pagina's

Publisher:  Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; (December 2003) ISBN: 0801874106


  1. Chaotic Clocks:
    Chaotic Regularity
    Glacial Oscilations
    Everlasting Hourglass
  2. Aerodynamics:
    Juggling Airstreams
    Railroad Yacht
  3. Sounds Interesting:
    Musical Glugging
    Pneumatic Drum
    Singing Contacts
  4. Jolly boating:
    Giant Putt-Putt Boat
    Follow that Field!
  5. Transports of Delight:
    Electric Worms
    Vacuum railroad
    Naggobot, or Reverse Ice Vehicle
    Boadicea's Autochariot
    Tubal Travelator
  6. Centripetal Force and Centrifugal Projectiles:
    Centripetal Chaos
    The Rotapult
  7. Exotic Amplification:
    Transformer Transistors
    Electrolytic Amplifier
  8. Vibrations, rotations, and chance:
    Waltzing Tube
    Motor Dice
  9. Maverick Measurement:
    Coffee-Cup Revolution Counter
    Coulter's Bubbles
    Electronic Elastic
    Light Tunnels
    Reverse Electric Lamp Solar Tracker
    Gravity Diode
  10. Curious communications:
    Servo Telegraph
    Send Me a Bubblegram
    Pneumatic Morse
    Seven-Segment Telegraph
    Six-Wire Telegraph
  11. Unusual actuators:
    Balloon Biceps
    Ink Sandwiches
  12. Electrochemical Magic:
    Red-Hot Batteries
    Unusually Cool Sunglasses
    Wet Solar Cell
How do you make a clock out of an ice cube? Send messages using bubbles? Make money using a tube that waltzes? This collection of curious and offbeat science experiments provides the answers to these and thirty-six other fascinating questions. Accomplished physicist and science writer Neil A. Downie covers a range of phenomena, from the rocking and rolling that drives a waltzing tube; to the fluid mechanics of a coffee-cup rev counter and biceps made from balloons; to the simple chemistry of red–hot batteries and wet solar cells. For each experiment, he provides historical anecdotes about the relevant phenomena, a list of equipment, detailed instructions, and a full explanation—requiring only high-school mathematics—of the science behind the procedure. For those intrigued by any experiment, he includes follow-up suggestions, which describe ways to tinker with the initial "recipe."

This collection of lively experiments, with complete explanations and simple mathematics, will appeal to high–school science teachers, inveterate tinkerers, amateur scientists, or anyone looking for a project for the next science fair.