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How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And other amazing experiments for the armchair scientist
 
 

How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And other amazing experiments for the armchair scientist [Kindle Edition]

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'I can't wait to create a six-metre fountain with a bottle of
Coca-Cola and a packet of Mentos...' -- The Bookseller

`Discover the speed of light with a bar of chocolate...reveals the amazing appliance of oddball science.'
-- The Times

`Full of really fun things you can inflict on your family.'
-- BBC Radio 5 Live

`It's very funny, very ingenious and not hard to foresee another
Christmas bestseller.' -- Publishing News

`It's very funny, very ingenious and not hard to foresee another
Christmas bestseller.'
-- Publishing News

`You can unravel the secrets of life, the universe and everything in your own kitchen...brilliant.' -- News of the World

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Science at its most popular

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5134 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (1 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041G68TQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 22 April 2008
By C. Ali
Format:Paperback
I bought this for my 11yr old son - He loves it.
He couldn't wait to get experimenting.
I don't think he's realised it's educational.......yet!
(although he did want to start on the alcohol experiments first)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Fossilise Your Hamster 7 Feb 2009
By Stevie
Format:Paperback
Why aren't there more books like this? Human beings are inquisitive creatures and will stop at nothing in their continual pursuit of knowledge. I still haven't been able to acquire a deceased hamster in order to fossilise it but I did eventually manage to find a slightly willing victim to test out the theory 'aluminium foil on a tooth filling really hurts'. The book is full of experiments you can carry out without breaking any laws in the safety of your own home. If you are an inquisitive human with a sense of humour you will really enjoy this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 9 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A superb way of engaging with practical science around the house. Tried some of the experiments with my kids and they thought there were great fun (especially the fizzy drink and mints test!). Good read too.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift! 12 Dec 2007
By Mick
Format:Paperback
I bought this, along with two other books as stocking stuffers but really they're great for anytime of the year. One of the others was DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY by David Sedaris, and the other was DON'T STOP ME NOW. You can't go wrong with any of these. Now, as far as HOW TO FOSSILISE YOUR HAMSTER, if not only on the practical side, it's funny as heck. Even if you don't want to do this stuff, it's great reading. Kids and adults alike. BUY IT NOW!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I've had this book for a little while, I loved reading the experiments even though I didn't try them. I've put the book aside for my grandchildren, who at 7 and 6 are embryonic 'Blue Peter kids' who are just going to love having a go at the experiments contained within. They don't own a hamster, thankfully and the springer spaniel is probably a bit on the large side for fossilisation.
Weak jokes aside, this book - and the other New Scientist publications - are an absolutely marvellous way of engaging everyone with science. If science was the subject that had you sitting looking out of the window at the back of the class, idly hoping that the teacher would catch their long hair / tie in the Bunsen burner, this is the book that will show you some of the things you missed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good fun 11 Dec 2007
By Matty
Format:Paperback
How to Fossilise Your Hamster is a really good fun book that would make an ideal Christmas present. I just picked up a copy for my niece and had a read through and found it really entertaining. I also really like the complete randomness of many of the experiments. This is full of really unique ideas that come right out of left field. Although not all of them appealled to me, there's something here for everyone, and it's all good fun. Which I think is the point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Washing my socks with conkers ? Bonkers! 11 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've never been much of scientist, but I have to admit that dating a physics geek has made me want to know a little more. But I don't want boring texts books - I want things I can actually see being done, and that are, more importantly, fun .

So, for my birthday, treated myself to a selection of books published by New Scientist magazine, including 'Does anything eat wasps' , 'Do polar bears get lonely' and this one, 'How to fossilise your hamster'.

While the first two are books answering various questions, this book actually contains lots of experiments , of the type that can be easily and safely performed in your own home using easily obtained ingredients. These experiments are divided up into categories depending on which room would be the best room to perform them in, and each experiment takes about a page and a half to explain, so there's nothing too heavy going . Some experiments are accompanied with easy to understand diagrams that illustrate the results or how to set things up correctly .

Experiments range from turning eggs green using the water from cooking red cabbage, measuring the speed of light using a chocolate bar and a microwave, washing your clothes with conkers, and of course fossilising your hamster (although you should make sure it's dead first!)

Over the last couple of days my daughter and myself have done a few of the experiments - such as leaving dirty coins in cola to clean them, and testing out the theories that hot water freezes faster than cold water, and that a snapped strand of spaghetti will always snap into 3 pieces .

We plan to go shopping on tuesday to get a few items needed for some of the others - we're both particularly keen to try the coke and mentos experiment, having watched it on youtube .
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63 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking outside the frame 27 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
There are wonderful ideas in this book to stimulate all of us. Curiosity keeps us going, though we need some practical abilities.
Thanks to Lucy's review, I looked at Peter Cave's CAN A ROBOT BE HUMAN? collection of philosophy puzzles. Lucy is right. That also should make anyone think and more deeply - and be amused - for like Hamster it covers a whole range of fascinating topics...but with the Robot book you don't have to risk getting wet, you can lie in bed or sit in the armchair, with a drink, and be a philosopher...thinking some unthinkables. Hamster and Robot excellent combination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Fun Educational Experiments
I bought this book as part of a birthday present for my friend's 8yr old grandson. He absolutely LOVES science and seeing chemical reactions - so this book is perfect for... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars So simple yet so interesting
As a mature trainee teacher lacking in confidence, this book has given me so many ideas. The experiments are simple and effective. Read more
Published 12 months ago by sarah harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm such a geek - I LOVE these books!
You know those weird questions that pop into your head and you wonder who would ever know the answer to it? Read more
Published 12 months ago by squinty mcconkers
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Interesting, Entertaining.
This book was loved by me, and loathed by my wife, over several days. I was equally informed and entertained page after page, and often felt that I just couldn't read fast... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Verdicts
3.0 out of 5 stars A budget buy for a gift
I bought this for a present for one of my staff at Christmas. It amused me (and I am a pet lover who would never do anything unkind to a hamster!)
Published on 26 July 2010 by FLB
5.0 out of 5 stars Science made fun and easy
If ever the children think Science is boring use this little book to get their grey matter buzzing.
Published on 24 Feb 2010 by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I would advise any parent to get this to get their kids interested in science in a fun way. I myself am not a parent just a big kid. Read more
Published on 11 April 2009 by S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating if slightly bizarre read
Anyone considering this book will pretty much know what genre of entertainment it is from the title. It does not disappoint! Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2009 by G. Hood-Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars How to fossilise
This is a realy fun book.. Mind expanding...how did they think of that...how did they discover it....what sort of luney would ask a ques like THAT??? Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2009 by Robert Meyer
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