The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science:
50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists
by Sean Connolly
In conjunction with Surviving a Teachers Salary’s History Month, I was offered the opportunity to read “The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science
” by Sean Connolly. Looking at the book it immediately catches your interest. There is a simple draw to things that are catastrophic in nature, and seeing its reaction. The sides of the pages of this book as you see below are striped black and white, giving this book even more unique appeal before even opening it to read!
This book is unlike any other science experiments book that I have found before. It begins with the explanation of history and science through experiments starting all the way back in the Stone Age, moving through Aristotle, Galileo, Ben Franklin, Darwin, Marie Curie, the Wright Brothers, Watson & Crick to current times.
Each new experiment includes several pages of historical information, then continues on to the science experiment. I love the progression of the experiments through the historical time periods. You begin with most simplistic of experiments (The Stone Age Chopper) and move all the way through the book to the Marshmallow Hadron Collider experiment based on the particle accelerator “The Large Hadron Collider”.
Through out the book you find pictures of old-fashioned science experiments, relative images, original photography, and portraits of past famous scientists. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it! What a great reference guide to various experiments through history! I love that some of the experiments are so simple that my preschooler can enjoy them, and some of the experiments are more difficult that high schoolers and adults would enjoy them. It really is an enjoyable experience for “kids” of all ages and a fabulous way to get “hands-on” with both history and science at the same time!
This book has also won the AAAS/Subaru SB & F Prize for Excellence in Science Books!
Timed as a lead-in to science fair season kids of all ages will have a blast learning how to steer a plane by changing the folds in a paper airplane wing: Wilburs Flying Machine. And will get some firsthand evidence of how the heart works with Barnards Heartbeat.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I did receive a free book to read. All opinions are mine.