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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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Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
There were times when an enterprising child could actually play with dangerous chemicals and devices in the name of developing an interest in science and engineering. For better (or some say, for worse), those days are past.

Sean Connolly not only provides safe "experiments" but he advocates having an adult present for those activities. The fifty experiments are presented in "historical" order and could provide a history of humankind's invention and experimentation. The reader will find
Anirudh Ganesh
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
If you are reading this book, take my warning. This is just about as clickbait as a book can get. Now let me clear this up, the book might be good if you are into learning all the science and history behind certain things, but if, like me, you are in it for fun science experiments, like the name would suggest, then you will be sorely disappointed. First of all, it blatantly lies about certain things, such as "raising the dead" which is never once mentioned throughout. And others, like "splitting ...more
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
Dec 21, 2015 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!
Electro Duck
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
For LITTLE KIDS only. Mini weapons is MUCH better. A few fun things though.
Stephanie Redwine
Nov 08, 2013 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
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Für junge Forscher eine nette Zusammenstellung von Themen und Experimenten, auch wenn diese alles andere als "voll gefährlich" sind (selbst für Kinder). Die Zeichnungen hätten einen Tick netter sein können, aber sonst ist dieses Buch eine nette Einsteigerdroge.
Thomas Young
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very informative book. I learned a lot from it.
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Interesting, for a look about science. The author made it story-like.
Best science book I have read this year so far.
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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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