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The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists

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It’s never been more important to engage a child's scientific curiosity, and Sean Connolly knows just how to do it—with lively, hands-on, seemingly "dangerous" experiments that pop, ooze, crash, and teach! Now, the author of The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science, takes it one step further: He leads kids through the history of science, and then creates amazing yet simpl ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published May 5th 2010 by Workman Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2010)
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Thomas
Feb 06, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was awesome! A mixture of science and history because it told you the history of the science experiment- who did it, who made the break through and then it gave you a couple of experiment based on the theory of the original some of which were potentially catastrophic!
Stephanie Redwine
Nov 08, 2013 Stephanie Redwine rated it really liked it
This is a really neat book that is full of science experiments and the history to go along with it. Ever experiment has been grouped into a category and the history of the category is explained before the experiments are listed. For example, on page 136, they begin talking about George Stephenson's stream train. The explain what the stream train is and then go on to explain the science behind the steam train on page 140. This is followed by a science experiment that closely resembles what was ju ...more
Brandy
What causes an avalanche? Find out when you make one. What’s happening during a lunar eclipse? Find out when you recreate it in your living room. How is rocket fuel different from regular fuel? Find out when you build your rocket out of a soda bottle. How long will it take a pizza to be delivered? It doesn’t matter once you’ve built a solar pizza cooker.

Easy booktalk on the title alone, though the book itself is maybe a little dense to read through for all but the most intrepid of young scienti
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Electro Duck
Apr 20, 2011 Electro Duck rated it it was ok
For LITTLE KIDS only. Mini weapons is MUCH better. A few fun things though.
Ch J Loveall
Jun 11, 2012 Ch J Loveall rated it did not like it
I have seen these experiments before. If you have not, it might be a good read.
Thomas Young
Sep 03, 2012 Thomas Young rated it really liked it
A very informative book. I learned a lot from it.
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Sean Connolly will be familiar to listeners of BBC Radio Five Live and Radio Wales. Among his more than 50 books aimed at children and adults are Wholly Irresponsible Experiments and Witness to History: The Industrial Revolution. He has also written for the Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia. His three children are either collaborators or guinea pigs, depending on the project.
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