Mad Science 2
Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Still Probably Shouldn’t
Best-selling author Theodore Gray is back with all-new, spectacular experiments that demonstrate basic principles of chemistry and physics in thrilling, and memorable ways
“…destined to inspire and spark the imaginations of the next generation of makers, tinkerers, engineers and mad scientists”
“…Gray’s encyclopedic knowledge and contagious enthusiasm transport us to deep intellectual realms, while never sacrificing a sense of wonder and, above all, fun.”
“Every single photo shows not only a deep love of science in the abstract, but also a tinkerer’s love of the STUFF of science; the tools and glass, the clay and metal, and all the things that make science accessible to everyone.”
–Adam Savage, author of MythBusters
“What good is this Nobel Prize around my neck if it doesn’t produce admiration for science writers such as Theo Gray, whose skillful work helps convert young students into serious researchers.”
– Leon Lederman, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics
For nearly a decade, Theodore Gray has been demonstrating basic principles of chemistry and physics through exciting, sometimes daredevil experiments that he executes, photographs, and writes about for his monthly Popular Science column “Gray Matter.”
Theo Gray’s Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home, But Probably Shouldn’t, published by Black Dog & Leventhal in 2009, collected Gray’s Popular Science columns, along with hundreds of photographs, many of which were not published with the original columns.
Now comes the second volume of mad-scientist experiments, which includes more dramatic, enlightening, and sometimes daring demonstrations in which Gray dips his hand into molten lead to demonstrate the Leidenfrost effect; crushes a tomato between two small magnets to demonstrate the power of neodymium-iron-boron magnets; and creates trinkets out of solid mercury to demonstrate how the state of matter depends very much on the temperature at which it exists.
Other experiments include a foil boat floating on an invisible sea; DIY X-ray photos; a bacon lance that cuts steel; charging a smart phone with apples and pennies and dozens more, along two-hundred photographs that provide readers a front-row seat to the most spectacular scientific reactions.
This is “dangerous book for boys and girls” – of all ages!
Theodore Gray is the author of the best-selling book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe and Theo Gray’s Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home, But Probably Shouldn’t. He is the author of Popular Science magazine’s monthly column “Gray Matter” and the proprietor of Periodictable. He is also cofounder of Touch Press, an e-book company that is defining the future of publishing, and the cofounder of Wolfram Research, creators of the world’s leading technical software system Mathematica® and Wolfram|Alpha™. He lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.