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Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite De (Paperback)
Ordinary folks can construct 13 awesome ballistic devices in their garage or basement workshops using inexpensive household or hardware store materials and this step-by-step guide. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build projects ranging from the simple a match-powered rocket to the more complex a scale-model, table-top catapult to the offbeat a tennis ball cannon. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind the projects, and profiles scientists and extraordinary experimenters such as Alfred Nobel, Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton. This book will be indispensable for the legions of backyard toy-rocket launchers and fireworks fanatics who wish every day was the fourth of July.
About the Author
William Gurstelle is the author of "Absinthe and Flamethrowers," "The Art of the Catapult," the bestselling "Backyard Ballistics," "Building Bots," "Whoosh, Boom, Splat," and "Notes from the Technology Underground." He is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years. He is a contributing editor at"Make" magazine and writes frequently for "Wired," "The Rake," and several other national magazines. He can be contacted at nfttu.blogspot.com."""