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How to Fossilise Your Hamster

If you think that science can only be done using expensive materials and equipment then you should take a look at How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments For The Armchair Scientist. Mick O'Hare will give you plenty of ideas for experiments which you can do using everyday things.

For instance you can extract your own DNA , and can find the iron in some breakfast cereals.. You can show that hot water really does freeze faster than cold water, and your can make plastic from milk and vinegar. At first I wondered why a book that seemed to be aimed at children was a contender in the adult list for the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books. But clearly many of the experiments need adult supervision, and the book starts off with several experiments involving alcoholic drinks, so this categorization became understandable. Some of the experiments were more along the lines of explaining the science behind everyday objects such as paper planes and yo-yo's which I felt didn't fit so well into this format. I don;t think that anyone would really want to fossilise their hamster either. But there are plenty that clearly gave the New Scientist team a lot of fun. I think that this is probably the best way to do these experiments - in a group, maybe as an activity to do with your children. And even if you don't do any of them the book still provides something amusing to read at odd moments info
Paperback 256 pages  
ISBN: 0805087702
Salesrank: 1356392
Weight:0.79 lbs
Published: 2008 Holt Paperbacks
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Paperback 224 pages  
ISBN: 1846680441
Salesrank: 341196
Weight:0.44 lbs
Published: 2007 Profile Books
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Product Description

Outrageously entertaining and educational experiments from the team behind the phenomenal international bestseller Does Anything Eat Wasps?

How can you measure the speed of light with a bar of chocolate and a microwave oven? To keep a banana from decaying, are you better off rubbing it with lemon juice or refrigerating it? How can you figure out how much your head weighs? Mick O'Hare, who created the New Scientist's popular science sensations Does Anything Eat Wasps? and Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?, has the answers.

In this fascinating and irresistible new book, O'Hare and the New Scientist team guide you through one hundred intriguing experiments that show essential scientific principles (and human curiosity) in action. Explaining everything from the unusual chemical reaction between Mentos and cola that provokes a geyser to the geological conditions necessary to preserve a family pet for eternity, How to Fossilize Your Hamster is fun, hands-on science that everyone will want to try at home.