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on 27 October 2012
This book is a sequel to 'Gonzo Gizmos: Projects and Devices to Channel your Inner Geek' Gonzo Gizmos: Projects and Devices to Channel Your Inner Geek, a book I have had for some time now and it has provided me with many hours of enjoyment.

I am pleased to report that this follow-up publication is a worthy successor!

Once more it is a step-by-step guide on how to build some really intriguing scientific devices, this time there are fewer projects (just over twenty) but the overall level is significantly more advanced and thus more detailed.

The book is once more a paperback, this time with a shorter length of 150 pages, but there is still loads of information alongside dozens of photographs and diagrams, all once again in black and white.

As with the previous volume the chapters are split into themes, and there are a number of individual projects contained within each:

1. Chemistry - (3 projects)

2. Aerodynamics - (5 projects)

3. Electricity and Magnetism - (2 projects)

4. Computers and Electronics - (5 projects)

5. Mathematics - (3 projects)

6. Biology - (4 projects)

The format is the same as before and alongside each project there are also easy to understand explanations of the theories behind the science.

Each project is laid out in a very clear and simple to follow fashion starting with an explanation of what you are building, there is then a 'shopping list' of materials required and the tools needed to construct the project.

The instructions for each project are so easy to follow and the accompanying photographs illustrate matters superbly, giving such a clear indication of what you should be aiming for.

As with the previous volume there are such a diverse range of projects included, this time we have such wonders as 'Hydrogen Fuel Cell', 'Homemade Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker', 'Combination Vacuum and Pressure Pump', 'A Rocket Engine', 'Rail Gun', 'Computer Controlled Laser Data Transmitter', 'Kaleidoscope', 'Photography Through a Microscope', 'Using a Video Camera as a Microscope', and last but most certainly not least 'Listening to Electric Fish'!

Most of the projects are constructed from basic materials such as wire, magnets and fuses, batteries and crocodile clips, and there are also a fair amount of everyday household items utilised such as straws, aluminium foil, paper clips and elastic bands.

This time round though there is a noticeable increase in electronic items, so not only are the projects more involved they will also cost more to construct; it should be remembered though that the majority of the parts used can be recycled and used in further projects!

The book is an American publication so some of the language used relects this ('Soda Cans' is used for instance), I have not found this to be a problem so far though!

I had no real scientific knowledge other than that picked up at school before I started on the first volume, but I found the projects quite achievable and they definitely improved my knowledge and understanding, this book is a definite step-up but I'm confident that as before the only thing holding me back is getting hold of some of the materials needed.

Overall 'Return of Gonzo Gizmos: More Projects and Devices to Channel Your Inner Geek' is a wonderful publication, most definitely as good as its prequel, the pair of them are are still the best of their type that I have been able to find thus far and if you are someone who enjoys tinkering in the shed and making things like me then you could do a lot worse than buying them both!
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