The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math is a new book from Workman Publishing. It fits in as a sequel to the popular science books Book of Totally Irresponsible Science and The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science.
The topic, as the title implies, is more about Math than Science Experimentation. That does not mean this book is as dull as an elementary math text, however. The book tries to live up to its title of “perilous”. Situations are described where the reader must come up with answers – such as in chapter 13 where you and some friends must cross a rickety rope bridge to escape zombies. Scenarios like this are the mainstay of this book and make math exciting. Blank pages are provided to work out the Math.
Examples of problems include:
Calculating if a rate will chew through a rope holding a bladed pendulum before it cuts into you tied up underneath it.
Destroying an asteroid using Geometry
Defeat Vampires using algebra
Use hourglasses to escape death by Pirates!
Calculate how to decompress from a diving expedition to avoid getting the Bends.
Figure out how long shipmates can survive on a barrel of fresh water after being shipwrecked!
As you can see, many of these problems involve life-or-death situations. The book is aimed at grabbing the interest of young mathematicians and keeping it with perilous situations to solve their way out of!
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We’ve added a few new books to our lineup. Well, most of them are books, in truth on of them is a deck of cards!
The Boy Scouts of America have released a Deck of Snakes! Chock full of great information like their Deck of Trees and Deck of Stars, this deck also has a game that involves the snakes and their deadliness level. Many snakes are covered, from the harmless garden snake to the anaconda!
Next up in the new book list is a great kids book for biological science: Evolution Revolution!
This award-winning book covers one of the greatest aspects of science and answers such questions kids might have such as “Why do Zebras have stripes?” and how, thanks to their DNA, they are one in a quintillion!
There also the mouthfull-titled The Most Explosive Science Book in the Universe – By the Brainwaves
Light-hearted and fun, this book is an exploration of science with those helpful Brainwaves! Topics include Energy, Matter, Reactions, the Periodic table, and much more!
These are just a few of the books we got in recently. We’ll have more up shortly!
When we added the original Mini-Weapons of Mass Destruction we knew it would be a popular book. After all, making catapults out of spoons and pencils is just so darn cool! But we didn’t know that it would become our most popular book this year!
The book has been so popular that they have made a sequel appropriately titled Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2
The book starts out fast with detailed instructions on how to build a 1/2 dozen handguns of the homemade, candy-shooting variety (with names like PPK TIC TAC, CANDY GLOCK and the Cotton Swab Special). Then the book moves onto concealed weapons and the fun continues. Overall there are 30 different weapons to built such as the Paper Dart Watch and the Mint Tin Catapult. Non-weapons are also included in this edition, with the Bionic Ear, Toothpaste Periscope and many more!
Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2 proves it is a worthy sequel!
We’ve recently added a nifty outdoor toy: The Water Rocket by 4M.
The concept is one you might have seen in smaller form: you pump up a model rocket that has a small amount of water inside. The pressure builds up a lot from your pumping and when you release the valve the high air pressure pushes the water out of the rocket. When that happens, good old Action/Reaction takes place to launch the rocket into the air.
This kit make a larger water rocket using a soda bottle and some parts to assemble it into a launchable rocket. The only thing not included is a bicycle pump – one that works a Presta valve (most do these days).
Once the rocket is assembled you pump it up and launch it up to 100 feet in the air! Please be sure to be outdoors.
This kit is a great entry into soda bottle water rocketry, don’t forget that you can buy a great instruction book to take things even further and make super soda bottle rockets!
We’ve got a couple of more new books in stock – these are part of our new ‘make your own science fun’ series (not the official name, BTW), much like the Soda Bottle Rocket & Practical Pyromaniac books, these are great teaching books with loads of hands on projects.
First up is Haywired – Pointless (yet awesome) Projects For The Electronically Inclined
Haywired starts off fast,with a description of how to build a painting where the eyeballs actually move (Creepy!). From there it goes on to give hints and ideas on how to make projects, and all sorts of new gadget ideas such as a capacitor racing car, talking alarm clock, and more. All of these can be built with simple components and detailed pictures are used throughout the book!
From Electricity to Magnetism we move onto Mondo Magnets
Mondo Magnets covers a lot of classic magnet experiment, from playing with iron filings and magnets, to floating magnets, linear accelerators, and much more. Over 40 experiments are described in detail.
A couple of ‘Books’ that we carry are the Amazing X-Ray series. The two we have are Amazing X-Rays Pets, and Amazing X-Rays Wild Animals.
Amazing X-Rays Pets has a built-in light box, along with 16 X-rays of common household pet:
There is also an informative booklet discussing aspects of the pet’s skeleton and other details.
Here we are trying the X-Ray Pets ‘Try Me’ Mode:
The companion piece to Amazing X-Rays Pets is Amazing X-Rays Wild Animals. The idea is the same except the subject matter is animals in the wild instead of domesticated pets. You still get the light box and 16 X-Rays
Amazing X-Rays Wild Animals
Animals such as Cheetahs, Monkeys, and Otters are just some of the X-Rays included.
Like the Amazing X-Ray Pets, we have a video of the “Try Me’ feature in action:
Either of these books is great for any young animal scientist! Start training a future Veterinarian today!
An underrated good seller in our store is the ‘One Million Things’ series of books.
This book series is full of pages and pages of multiple topics from states of matter to fish to flags to genetic. Every page is a wealth of info on a topic with lots of gorgeous photography that DK Publications is known for! They describe is as a museum, a search engine, and a garage sale of information all rolled into one. They aren’t wrong!
Two specialty versions of this book are carried by Spectrum Scientifics. The First is One Million Things Planet Earth
Still full of lots of random information, but this time with a focus on our planet topics like Transportation and Deposition, the Water Cycle and different kinds of rocks all make up the excellent pages of this book.
Of course, we could not resist a version of One Million Things with the title of ‘One Million Things – Science‘
From evolution to states of matter to motion there are pages with a wealth of information and incredible photography that really conveys the idea behind the science concepts.
The Million Things series has been a finalist in many book awards. They are great for visual learners or for people who just love excellent layouts, information, and photography!
We’ve added a couple of really neat books to our line-up. First up is Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction
Build Implements of Spitball Warefare
As the name implies, the entire book is devoted to plans and building of mini-catapults, launchers, crossbows and such. Included are
- Clothespin Catapult
- Matchbox Bomb
- Shoelace Darts
- Paper-Clip Trebuchet
- Tube Launcher
- Clip Crossbow
- Coin Shooter
- Hanger Slignshot
- Ping-Pong Zooka
…and many more! In all over 35 projects are described along with some instructions for building some nifty targets for your min-weapons to shoot at!
The usual caveats should apply here: Do not aim any of these weapons at people, etc. Yadda, yadda you know the drill.
The next book is Amazing Leonardo Da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself and like the Mini-Weapons book it involves making and building cool things based on the inventions and sketches of the famous inventor
Now, how well some of these invention work may be a different matter. Most of Leonardo’s sketches were never ‘brought to life’ and most folks can see there will be some design flaws with them (his hand cranked helicoptor is an example). But that still leaves lots of great things like a Perspectograph, Weather Predictor, Trebuchet, and many more. Detailed building instructions are given for over fifteen Leonardo inspired constructions that use ordinary household materials.
Both of these books are part of our library of excellent science books. Be sure to pick up copies today!