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Theo Gray's Mad Science 2 [Hardcover]

Theo Gray
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1 May 2013 Theo Gray's Mad Science
For nearly a decade Theodore Gray has been demonstrating the basic principles of Chemistry and physics through daredevil experiments that he executes, photographs and writes about for his monthly Popular Science column, Gray Matter. In the first collection of experiments, Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Probably Shouldn't collected 54 experiements previously published in Popular Science, along with hundred of photographs, many of which were not published with the original columns. The experiments were organized into sections, from experiments that cause fiery explosions to those that use food or household products and more. Now comes the second volume of mad scientist experiments. Theo Gray's Mad Science 2raises the stakes with another 50, even more dramatic, daring and enlightening demonstrations in which Gray dips his hand into both molten lead and liquid nitrogen to demonstrate the Leindenfrost effect; crushes a tomato between two small magnets to demonstrate the power of neodymium-iron-boron magnets; shows the terrifying and deadly inferno that erupts when a frozen turkey is lowered into a deep fryer; and sculpts lovely trinkets out of solid mercury to demonstrate how the state of matter depends very much on the temperature at which it exists.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579129323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579129323
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theodore Gray is the author of the bestselling book The Elements: A Visual Explorations 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.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 Jun 2014
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Son saw this in Science Museum and wanted it, but got it on Amazon much cheaper. Excellent book for a science mad 13 year old
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars, if you are a level-headed reader. Heed the warnings! 12 Aug 2013
By Maggie Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
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Oh. My. Goodness. This book documents Theodore Gray's careful, controlled, beautifully photographed, creative, astounding experiments, often (but not always) with things that catch fire, go boom, or shatter into pieces. I loved looking through this book, and the photographs are mind-bogglingly beautiful, capturing the moments of "Squish" "Boom" and "Yikes!" It is just as well that many of these experiments require expensive materials or elaborate setups, so regular folks won't be tempted (or able) to try them.

I recommend this book whole-heartedly to science teachers and sane, science-minded adults. I love that Gray outlines his thought processes, his safety measures, and how he set things up. There is much for to learn about how to plan, prepare, troubleshoot, make substitutions if things don't work, take safely measures - generally, the scientific mind at work.

If you are an adult, contemplating it as a gift for the youngster, please think carefully. The typical "That's cool! Let's try it!" personality is not the audience for this book. Gray's warnings are plentiful: "This stunt requires professional preparation" "Do not try this...It can blind you" and "Molten metal can burn" are just a few. The best audience for this book, IMHO would be responsible adults, level-headed teens, or supervised middle schoolers. If you are a science teacher, or know a science teacher, this is a great gift.

Pop culture aside: I can't help but think Walter White, the ex-high school chemistry teacher from Breaking Bad would love this book.

About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: sent to me by the publisher
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madness - brilliance - and a shudder 6 Aug 2013
By Heather P. Emerson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is even more insane than the first in the series. As promised, it delivers fabulous science with wild doable experiements that you really shouldn't do. That being said, when I was teaching science I wouldn't have dared to have it in the classroom for fear of students getting terrible ideas - and trying them. On the other had - these experiments are so tempting. A guaranteed "I can't believe they did this!" page-turner, and every parent/science teachers nightmare.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual 21 Jan 2014
By Alon Hamoui - Published on Amazon.com
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I have all the author's books, this one is full of imaginative and interesting stuff, a delicious reading for all ages
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but I liked more the first one 21 Nov 2013
By Rolando F. - Published on Amazon.com
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At my point of view, the first one is better...but it covers a lot of things that I didnt have idea
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book. 6 Oct 2014
By Anthony Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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Reinstilled in me my desire to grow up to be a mad-scientist. excellent book.
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