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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (13 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691149666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691149660
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In his book, physicist Neil Downie provides a series of do-it-yourself science experiments that stand apart from your ho-hum Mr. Wizard-fare because, well, they involve a few high-speed projectiles. . . . All you need are a few household items, some good judgment and, possibly, a carrotproof vest.--Aaron Leitko "Washington Post "

[T]his ample resource encourages readers to consider everyday occurrences and enlivens complex ideas with lessons designed to inspire curiosity. . . . Recommended as a follow-up to the author's previous collections in the series, and as a valuable treasury of projects for teachers, coordinators of science clubs, parents of advanced, older homeschoolers, and adult enthusiasts who have experience in the field and are seeking enjoyable activities to practice and share with others.--Karen Rigby "ForeWord Reviews "

Downie's instructions are admirably clear and straightforward; his explanations of the underlying science admirably comprehensive and comprehensible; and his passion and enthusiasm, totally infectious.--Helen Mulley "Teach Secondary "


In his book, physicist Neil Downie provides a series of do-it-yourself science experiments that stand apart from your ho-hum Mr. Wizard-fare because, well, they involve a few high-speed projectiles. . . . All you need are a few household items, some good judgment and, possibly, a carrotproof vest.
--Aaron Leitko "Washington Post "


[T]his ample resource encourages readers to consider everyday occurrences and enlivens complex ideas with lessons designed to inspire curiosity. . . . Recommended as a follow-up to the author's previous collections in the series, and as a valuable treasury of projects for teachers, coordinators of science clubs, parents of advanced, older homeschoolers, and adult enthusiasts who have experience in the field and are seeking enjoyable activities to practice and share with others.
--Karen Rigby "ForeWord Reviews "


Downie's instructions are admirably clear and straightforward; his explanations of the underlying science admirably comprehensive and comprehensible; and his passion and enthusiasm, totally infectious.
--Helen Mulley "Teach Secondary "

[T]hose willing to put in the effort will get a real kick out of this book.--Clarissa Ai Ling Lee "Physics World "

"The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science" is an absolutely fantastic book that contains one of the largest collections of fun-to-do experiments that you will ever come across in a science library. . . . Downie does not just stop at the experiment--each one is backed up with the science behind it, the equipment you need and references for further reading. It truly is a wonderful book to read, and more importantly, a book to bring out the scientist in anyone.--Paul Wolstenholme-Hogg "Education in Chemistry "

This really is the ultimate science project book and could be used as the basis of a great science club or for ideas for some interesting and unexpected physics demonstrations. The projects range from simple to quite challenging and all of them are original and guaranteed to work. There should be a copy of the book in the school and staff library. There is also a video on YouTube featuring the author that is well worth watching.--Sandra Baggley "School Science Review "

"This book is guaranteed fun."--"New Scientist"

"This book is guaranteed fun."--
"New Scientist"



"This book is guaranteed fun."--"New Scientist"


"In his book, physicist Neil Downie provides a series of do-it-yourself science experiments that stand apart from your ho-hum Mr. Wizard-fare because, well, they involve a few high-speed projectiles. . . . All you need are a few household items, some good judgment and, possibly, a carrotproof vest."--Aaron Leitko, "Washington Post"

"To keep the kids entertained this summer, what better than a bit of Saturday science? Neil A. Downie's compendium of experiments--'chosen on the grounds that they are new, that they work, that they are spectacular, and that they are interesting'--includes electric gunpowder, the knife-through-butter clock, the impossible turbine and armour-piercing carrots. Each experiment is accompanied by a straightforward scientific explanation, the occasional hazard warning and 'just a little math.'"--"Nature Physics"

"If you either run a science club or are a teenager who likes getting your hands dirty experimentally, you are going to love this. I certainly would have in my youth."--"Popular Science blog" (U.K)

"[T]his ample resource encourages readers to consider everyday occurrences and enlivens complex ideas with lessons designed to inspire curiosity. . . . Recommended as a follow-up to the author's previous collections in the series, and as a valuable treasury of projects for teachers, coordinators of science clubs, parents of advanced, older homeschoolers, and adult enthusiasts who have experience in the field and are seeking enjoyable activities to practice and share with others."--Karen Rigby, "ForeWord Reviews"

"Downie's instructions are admirably clear and straightforward; his explanations of the underlying science admirably comprehensive and comprehensible; and his passion and enthusiasm, totally infectious."--Helen Mulley, "Teach Secondary"

"[T]hose willing to put in the effort will get a real kick out of this book."--Clarissa Ai Ling Lee, "Physics World"

""The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science" is an absolutely fantastic book that contains one of the largest collections of fun-to-do experiments that you will ever come across in a science library. . . . Downie does not just stop at the experiment--each one is backed up with the science behind it, the equipment you need and references for further reading. It truly is a wonderful book to read, and more importantly, a book to bring out the scientist in anyone."--Paul Wolstenholme-Hogg, "Education in Chemistry"

"This really is the ultimate science project book and could be used as the basis of a great science club or for ideas for some interesting and unexpected physics demonstrations. The projects range from simple to quite challenging and all of them are original and guaranteed to work. There should be a copy of the book in the school and staff library. There is also a video on YouTube featuring the author that is well worth watching."--Sandra Baggley, "School Science Review"

From the Back Cover

"This is the most extensive collection of project ideas at this level that I know of. Downie gives better 'how to' explanations and takes the ideas further than most other books of this kind. "The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science" is a true omnibus."--David Willey, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

"The projects in this book are interesting and thought provoking, and some are quite creative and unique. Educators can use the projects to enhance their teaching, and hobbyists will also enjoy them."--Kenneth G. Libbrecht, California Institute of Technology

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I love this book, it takes me right back to my childhood and those days when children were encouraged to think for themselves and allowed to experiment, before the days of nanny state and Health&Safety gone mad. I bought it to teach my grandchildren fun science and was surprised at how good it is. It is full of great experiments and should delight any parent wanting to enjoy science with their children. It has some easy and some fairly dangerous experiments (how about building a Thermic Lance) but nothing an adult with common sense could not handle. There is a great range covering most aspects of modern science , the experiments are well explained and if you choose to delve into the science in depth it is well covered and pretty detailed. Although written for an Americans it works for UK audiences, one warning though, some of the mortar experiments might draw the attention of Big Brother curious to know if you plan an attack on the state :-).

Very highly recommended for adults of all ages.
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Despite the cover, this is NOT a book for young kids! As soon as you open it, it is clearly a book for serious science oriented older people. However, it is a wonderful book for older teens who are science geeks! They will have a lot of projects to work on from the book.
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By s lewis on 18 Jan. 2013
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The book will be appropriate for all audiences; good experiments and concise explanations making this a great read, even if you don't do the experiments
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An absolutely brilliant book filled with fun experiments which will not only whittle away at boredom but teach you something too.
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HASH(0x97a7dbdc) out of 5 stars Bringing science to your kids on Saturday 18 July 2012
By Dr. F. K. Schweighardt - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Downie's newest book has a large number of interesting projects to consider for kids of middle school to high school age . The projects challenege both the parent and the student. Key to the book's success is the detail provided, and the refereces ( helps older kids to go to the library or web to find the path to the answer). The style of the book helps to encourage parents to guide their children to consider a career in science and technology.
The book should also help teachers guide studnets to projects for science fairs. These projects set the tone of the scientific process of collecting data and determining if the theory holds water.
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HASH(0x97a7de28) out of 5 stars Needs more than a backyard 26 Feb. 2013
By John Feth - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting experiments--hard to imagine they could be done in a single Saturday. Skills in electronics and circuit fabrication mandatory for many, if not most experiments.
HASH(0x97a7ddec) out of 5 stars Parents prepare to give up all your free time.. 12 April 2013
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My eight year old has marked so many experiments in this fantastic book that we shall have a spring and summer filled with father/son activities that enrich us both. Neil Downie carries the subject off in a way that is fun, funny and very educational. Invest in our future...your kids. Buy this book.
HASH(0x97a7f0fc) out of 5 stars This and backyard ballistics for every science and engineer geek 24 Mar. 2016
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Includes a lot of the science behind the experiments and demos. Lots of variations on a theme.
Some very challenging and dangerous ideas as well.
HASH(0x97a7f15c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Nov. 2015
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Neil Downie comes through again!
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