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Crisp Packet Fireworks: Maverick Science to Try at Home (Naked Scientists) [Hardcover]

Chris Smith , Dave Ansell
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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25 Aug 2008 Naked Scientists
Want to know how to create fireworks from a crisp packet? Turn rice into quicksand? Generate a cloud in a lemonade bottle? How about build a toaster-powered hot air balloon, or work out the speed of light using margarine and a microwave?In this book, you'll find these and over 40 more incredible experiments to try at home. Easy and fun to do, whether you're 8 or 80, they will amuse, astound and educate in equal measure - see the amazing results then find out why it works!So whether it's racing jam jars, making Pyrex invisible or instantly freezing a fizzy drink before your eyes - with the "Naked Scientists'" help, you'll never have a dull rainy day again!A tempting self-purchase as well as the perfect gift.


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (25 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845379810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845379810
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...a real winner...counterintuitive experiments that anyone can try at home using every day materials.'
-- BBC Focus

About the Author

Dr Chris Smith is a Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge as well as a microbiologist working at Addenbrooks Hospital. He is devoted to promoting the understanding of science, at which he is hugely effective through both the Naked Scientists' website and their local radio broadcasts in the UK and Australia. He lives in Cambridge. Dave Ansell is the Naked Scientists' Kitchen Science specialist. He spent several years as a post-grad physics student at Cambridge University, but spent most of his time AWOL, during which he was busy planning, organizing and building things for kids' science events with the society Cambridge Hands-On Science. He now works full time promoting the public understanding of science.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great real-world explanations 26 Jan 2009
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A really well set out book with useful illustrations and clear photography. As a chemistry teacher, I have found the explanations suitable for most secondary school pupils and the real world scenarios are great for showing scientific relevance.
A word of warning: many of the experiments are "repeats" eg making a red cabbage indicator, hurricane in a bottle, coke and mentos, so the book is better for a first purchase than an addition to an experienced "kitchen scientist"'s lab!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp Packet Fireworks by Christopher Smith 20 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book which I bought after seeing Christopher Smith and the Naked Scientist's team at Cambridge Science Fair with my Guide Unit. I bought the book for them to try out the experiments during our meetings. They have enjoyed doing them especially the one with the crisp packet and the microwave. As a result I bought it for my 10 year old nephew - his verdict - mega.

This is a well written, colourful and detailed book for Key Stage 2 childrenCrisp Packet Fireworks: Maverick Science to Try at Home (Naked Scientists) to help them understand scientific principles in a fun way. The book fires up children's enthusiasm principly because there are experiments that mum probably wouldn't let you do under normal circumstances. Saying that there are warnings that some experiments need to be done with an adult present.

If you have children whom you want to encourage develop their scientific knowledge then this is the book for them. Adults will probably enjoy using it just as much. I will certainly be looking at Dr Christopher Smith's other books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & fun 8 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book at the request of my ten year old boy and we've had a lot of fun trying out the experiments. I like the fact that the experiments mostly produce something amazing to look at which holds the child's attention and the explanations of what's happening (the science bit) is quite detailed and not too dumbed down. The materials needed are easy to buy or find around the house. I only gave four stars instead of five because the experiment with "magnetic" breakfast cereal didn't work for us. We tried different cereals but maybe none had a big enough iron content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralled 14 Sep 2009
By madmags
Format:Hardcover
After my niece got over the initial disappointment that her present was a book, she fired with enthusiasm for all the experiments she could be making mischief with in the name of science! These experiments can be found on the internet by the book authors, but in my opinion the small details of what happens and why will be absorbed more with a book. She had conducted the first experiments later that day and was hooked, wanting to visit the science museum.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
Great book for anyone interested in practical science. The authors have a real talent at explaining complex phenomena with very simple sentences and comparisons. I finally understood surface tension and even diffraction (well, sort of, but at least it really got me interested!). And the experiments are very good fun too, although I am not quite sure I will dare to put a packet of crisps in my microwave oven; maybe in my friend's...
I am looking forward to the next book!!! Well done, the naked scientists!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent science book for children 17 Dec 2012
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An excellent book, with lots of interesting activities, linked to clear explanations of the science behind the experiments. Attractively illustrated and well written. Would also be the Primary teacher's best friend for Science classes!
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