Theo Gray’s Mad Science
Experiments You Can Do at Home—But Probably Shouldn’t
Author of the best-selling book The Elements, Theodore Gray demonstrates essential scientific principles through thrilling daredevil experiments.
In Mad Science, Theodore Gray launches a toy rocket using the energy released from an Oreo cookie, ignites a phosphorus sun by suspending half a gram of white phosphorus in a globe filled with pure oxygen and creates a homemade hot tub by adding 500 pounds of quicklime to water. These are just a few of the 54 experiments included in this astonishing book that demonstrates essential scientific principles in ways you were likely never exposed to in school.
Every experiment in Mad Science is accompanied by full-color photographs that provide a front-row seat to rarely seen chemical reactions and glorious subatomic activity. To further enhance the hands-on experience, Gray includes step-by-step instructions for nearly every experiment. Following all of the safety guidelines,
readers can even re-create some of the experiments in the book. Mad Science is the perfect book for anyone fascinated by all things chemical, electrical, or explosive, and who loves a vicarious thrill.
Praise for Theo Gray's Mad Science
Theodore Gray is the author of the best-selling The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe and Popular Science magazine’s “Gray Matter” column. He is the proprietor of periodictable.com. He is also cofounder of Wolfram Research, creators of the world’s leading technical software system, Mathematica®, and Wolfram|Alpha™. With his company Touch Press, Gray is the developer of the best-selling iPad and iPhone e-book app The Elements: A Visual Exploration. He lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
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