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5.0 out of 5 stars a very god read
i wasn't sure what to expect from this book. lots of interesting experiments. yes plenty. what i wasn't expecting and found a pleasant surpise was the amount of detail on the early experimenters. a lot of really good history of science stuff. i thought i knew a fair bit about early scientific experimenters, but their was a lot i wasn't aware of. my only criticism,which is...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Best suited to primary school level intelligence and expectations.
The book is a major disappointment and delivers a lot less than it promises. It takes a lot of imagination to see a double ended candle see saw as the one candlepower engine promised in the book title. The book is resembles a lot of self published books emanating from America as indeed this one does. The contents seem to be hastily and cheaply thrown together by...
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very god read, 31 Aug 2013
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i wasn't sure what to expect from this book. lots of interesting experiments. yes plenty. what i wasn't expecting and found a pleasant surpise was the amount of detail on the early experimenters. a lot of really good history of science stuff. i thought i knew a fair bit about early scientific experimenters, but their was a lot i wasn't aware of. my only criticism,which is nothing to do with the book or the author was the kindle download version i read is missing a lot of the details of the experiments and the equations and diagrams. this is no reflection on the author, but rather how the kindle interprets pdf files. i can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in the science of fire and flames,or indeed the history of science. but buy the paper version if you can afford it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flame throwers, 17 Mar 2013
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Mr. P. R. Anderson (uk) - See all my reviews
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if you ever need to know about the history of flame throwers and the construction of them then this is the Book for you,
full of photographs, illustrations and well written history, a good and informative book for your reference library.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Best suited to primary school level intelligence and expectations., 27 May 2014
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V. Levy "Vernon Levy" (Leeds UK) - See all my reviews
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The book is a major disappointment and delivers a lot less than it promises. It takes a lot of imagination to see a double ended candle see saw as the one candlepower engine promised in the book title. The book is resembles a lot of self published books emanating from America as indeed this one does. The contents seem to be hastily and cheaply thrown together by cutting and pasting underwhelming stuff freely available elsewhere on the internet and books of curiosities for children.

I thought that this book my elevate my own pyromaniac activities beyond premier league status - I've melted my wellies, removed my mates eyebrows, almost given myself a tan with the u.v. from burning colloidal aluminium and much frivolity and fun with my paraffin powered incendiary devices including a 1/2 gallon capacity flame wand.

Sadly the book struggles to attain membership of any league other than useless. I am going to burn it to deprive anyone else from the disappointment of second hand ownership.

A fitting end for an unfit for purpose book.

This book is the first thing that I've reviewed that I want to give a zero star rating to. It just about merits one star because of its combustibility.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than anticipated, 4 April 2014
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My husband felt this book should be mine. I was skeptical but ordered it anyway. Now that I have actually had some time to get into the book, I find the history of the science of fire fascinating! That alone makes the book one of my new favorites. The experiments are well-written, researched, and surrounded by cautions. Anyone with a love of fire and/or science, a bit of patience, and an ability to follow directions will find this book a fine addition to any collection.
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