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Amateur Science: Kids


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THE AMATEUR SCIENTIST: complete 20th century collection
by Shawn Carlson, Sheldon Greaves
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All science amateurs need this CD. It takes hundreds of pounds of Scientific American magazine and concentrates the good stuff onto a single CD with 2,100 pages of illustrated science projects. Carbon dioxide lasers, satellite receivers, and all the rest, see index. (It was a great deal at $89, but now the price down to $26!)

2000 Tinkers Guild, pp2100 on CD


ZAP SCIENCE: A Scientific Playground in a Book
by John Cassidy, Paul Doherty,& Pat Murphy
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This is the book I wanted when *I* was 10 (if it had been published back in those ancient times.) All sorts of cool stuff to do, includes a "zap tube", 3D glasses, moire disks, polaroid plastic, stink patch, & more.

1997 Klutz press, sturdy spiral-bound, w/experiment matls, pp100


THE KLUTZ BOOK OF MAGNETIC MAGIC, by Paul Doherty, John Cassidy & Martin Gardner
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An excellent "magnets experiments" book for kids, and it comes with its own set of magnets. By Paul Doherty of the EXPLORATORIUM science museum.

1994 sturdy spiral-bound, magnets pouch, pp68


200 Illustrated Science Experiments for Children
by Robert J. Brown, Bob Brown
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1988 ppbk, 186pp


333 Science Tricks and Experiments
by Robert J. Brown, Bob Brown
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1986 ppbk, 199pp



333 More Science Tricks and Experiments
by Robert J. Brown, Bob Brown
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1988 ppbk, 228pp


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THE ART OF SCIENCE: A Practical Guide to Experiments, Observations, and Handling Data
by Joseph Carr
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Newly ordered, not yet reviewed

1993 Hightext Pubns, ppbk, pp365


ELECTROSTATICS, by A. D. Moore
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The ultimate "static" electricity experiments book, by the Grand Old Man of electrostatics. Dr. Moore gives away all his teaching and demonstration ideas! Includes plans for numerous generators and devices, including the Dirod, the high-speed Wimshurst-like generator. ELECTROSTATICS has long been out of print. Get one at any cost and see what you've been missing. If you already know about Moore's book, then here finally is the solution to all those library fines and the guilt that builds up when you keep borrowing the same library book over and over. In low-cost paperback form, even!
1997 paperback pp243

PROCEDURES IN EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS, by John Strong
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The classic book for the advanced amateur. Vacuum technique, glassblowing, optics, etc.
1986 paperback

HOMEMADE LIGHTNING, by R. A. Ford
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Plans for a high-speed sectorless Wimshurst Electrostatic Generator. This is a must-have book for all electrical experimenters, since Mr. Ford gives loads info about interesting and little-studied areas of electrostatics where amateurs stand to make genuine discoveries.
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General Science


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Figments of Reality: the Evolution of the Curious Mind
by Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
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I can't top this review: "At long last, a worthy successor to Gödel, Escher, Bach, updated, twisted, and put through a Monty Python filter." Figments intertwines philosophy, humor, nonlinear dynamics, humor, psychology, and fluffy yellow aliens who are deciding whether Humankind is a threat worthy of vaporization.
1999, ppbk, 339pp


The Meme Machines
by Dr. Susan Blackmore
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If you've encountered "memes" before, you'll definitely enjoy this one. Memes are information infections; ideas with a life of their own. The Self as a mental virus, human consciousness as a meme infection!?
1999, hdcvr, 272pp

Passionate Minds: The Inner Life of Scientists
by Alison Richards, Lewis Wolpert
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What is Science? Check out this large, excellent collection of interviews with contemporary scientists. A must-read book for students, future scientists, and anyone wanting good insights into what science is really all about.
1998, hardcover, 240pp

SEEING THE LIGHT : Optics in Nature, Photography, Color Vision and Holography
by Deiter R. Brill, David G. Stork, David Falk
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An amazing compendium. All of optical science. Heavy on the non-math conceptual/qualitative side. It's a college textbook, but with occasional stories and bits of twisted humor. Pricey, but worth it. If you want to teach yourself optics from scratch, this it the book for you.
1985 hardcover, 480pp




























Science Education:


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INVITATIONS TO SCIENCE INQUIRY, by Tik L. Liem
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A big fat book of hundreds and hundreds of classroom science demonstrations in chem, physics, etc. Also the author's detailed introduction on philosophy of Enthusiasm and attitude in science teaching. Every science teacher should have one of these!
1981 paperback pp450


SCIENCE, DISCOVERY, & LAUGHTER (videotape)
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Produced by The Science Club, this video was made for parents who've always wanted to get their kids involved with science experiments at home. It's a collection of fun activities, but it's also full of tips for making science enjoyable both for kids and adults. It supplies lots of ideas for children's further research and teaches some science principles, but even more important, it's filled with an attitude of the joyful curiosity which is the real reason that people take up science in the first place. ...a good cure for Science Project Anxiety. "Stop dreading science questions and start enjoying the discovery of answers."

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1 hour,1997, Spanish version too (call 1-800-391-6939)


DICK & RAE PHYSICS NOTEBOOK, by Dick Minnix & Rae
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Hundreds of physics lecture demonstrations and setups. Highly recommended by Physics Instructional Research Assoc. (PIRA)
1993

























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MISCELLANEOUS BOOKS I RECOMMEND:

  • Lust for Life
    Ellis/Robertson
    Graphic-novel compendium of "Transmetropolitan" series. Intellectual, savagely critical, hilarious, intense. Spider Jerusalem is a 'newspaper' reporter fifty years in the future. SF and social commentary and blistering truth-telling.
  • PRANKS A big compendium of famous hoaxes and practical jokes, interviews, inspiration.
    V. Vale (ed.) RE-Search volume #11, pp240 1996 $19.99
  • Shadow Syndromes: The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders That Sabotage Us
    J. Ratey, C. Johnson, 1998 ppbk, 400p
 

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