THE PRACTICAL PYROMANIAC Paperback – 1 Jun 2011
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The Practical Pyromaniac combines science, history, and DIY pyrotechnics to explain humankind's most useful and paradoxical tool: fire. William Gurstelle, author of the bestselling "Backyard Ballistics "and frequent contributor to "Popular Mechanics "and "Make "magazine, presents 25 projects with instructions, diagrams, photos, and links to video demonstrations that enable people of all ages (including young enthusiasts with proper supervision) to explore and safely play with fire.From Franklin's stove to Diesel's engine, Gurstelle tells the explosive and fascinating tales of the great American and European pyromaniacs who scientifically revealed the mysteries of fire. Among them are hot-headed "Gunpowder" Joseph Priestley, who discovered oxygen, and Antoine Lavoisier, the father of chemistry who lost his head on the guillotine, as well as scientist and spy Count Rumford and dapper Humphrey Davy whose chemical discoveries and fiery inventions saved thousands of lives.With "The Practical Pyromaniac "in hand readers can replicate these breakthrough scientists' experiments and inventions, from the simply fascinating one-candle-power engine to the nearly magical fire piston and from a practical backpacker stove to an incredible tornado of fire.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
full of photographs, illustrations and well written history, a good and informative book for your reference library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little book written in an easy to read style. Will be of interest to anyone who like home experiments involving bangs.Published 16 months ago by Nigh