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2.0 out of 5 stars Can you do the impossible?, 21 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Science Experiments (Hardcover)
If not, then you won't be able to do all the 'experiments'.

Don't get me wrong, much of this book is brilliant fun, but it is let down by some so called 'experiments' which are impossible!

Take that on page 51, 'Balancing Act'. This is without doubt impossible - if you've successfully carried it out then please leave a comment! This book would have you believe that you can place two interlocking metal forks on the end of a toothpick and then get it to balance (on the toothpick) on the rim of a wine glass. Yeah right!

Then there's the 'Hydraulic Lifter' on page 68. This requires you to fill a balloon with water through a funnel which, via a can, will raise a book. Have you ever tried to fill a balloon with water unless that water is under significant pressure? The simple fact is that the 'tightness' of the rubber is just too strong to allow the limited pressure of water to stretch it.

And how about 'Make a Motor' on page 117. How is this supposed to be supported and work without spinning off?

'Microscopic Meteorites' on page 112 is interesting, but I think the words 'Any particles that are spherical or look like flakes could have come from outer space.' are highly optimistic!

Quite frankly, if this book was written by Robert Winston - or if he even read it before he put his name to it - he should be ashamed. I've not been through the whole book - certainly some experiments are fine - but I suspect that there will be more duff 'experiments'.

I've just looked on the page given publication details and although this book is listed as being BY Robert Winston, it wasn't written by him at all!! Inside it states, 'Written by: Ian Graham', 'Additional text by: Dr Mike Goldsmith', 'Consultant: Lisa Burke'!! What a con, verging on fraudulent, DK should be ashamed!!

Lord Professor Robert Winston, if you ever read this, please explain the above!!!
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Initial post: 8 Jun 2011 16:33:42 BDT
Balancing act does work. You just need to get two forks that will stay together. After that, it's easy.

Posted on 3 May 2013 16:47:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 May 2013 16:47:28 BDT
charlie says:
It looks like you have not actually tried the experiments.

Posted on 27 Aug 2013 11:28:50 BDT
Vicky says:
I haven't read the book but if you fill a balloon from a tap (inserting the tap into the balloon and leaving no gaps) then it should fill up.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2014 14:27:46 GMT
anna says:
You seem very clued up. I am looking for a science project book for my granddaughter in Australia as a gift. She does many projects whenever possible. She is an advanced age 12. I respect Robert Winston and therefore went for his book. What age group would you say for senior student use? So long since your review so maybe I won't get a reply.
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