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    DescriptionThe Practical Pyromaniac combines science, history, and DIY pyrotechnics to explain humankind's most useful and paradoxical tool: fire. William Gurstelle, author of the bestselling "Backyard Ballistics "and frequent contributor to "Popular Mechanics "and "Make "magazine, presents 25 projects with instructions, diagrams, photos, and links to video demonstrations that enable people of all ages (including young enthusiasts with proper supervision) to explore and safely play with fire.From Franklin's stove to Diesel's engine, Gurstelle tells the explosive and fascinating tales of the great American and European pyromaniacs who scientifically revealed the mysteries of fire. Among them are hot-headed "Gunpowder" Joseph Priestley, who discovered oxygen, and Antoine Lavoisier, the father of chemistry who lost his head on the guillotine, as well as scientist and spy Count Rumford and dapper Humphrey Davy whose chemical discoveries and fiery inventions saved thousands of lives.With "The Practical Pyromaniac "in hand readers can replicate these breakthrough scientists' experiments and inventions, from the simply fascinating one-candle-power engine to the nearly magical fire piston and from a practical backpacker stove to an incredible tornado of fire.


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    Title
    The Practical Pyromaniac
    Subtitle
    Build Fire Tornadoes, One-Candlepower Engines, Great Balls of Fire, and More Incendiary Devices
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Gurstelle
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 251 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781569767108
    ISBN 10: 1569767106
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T2.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 20
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PDN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI028000
    B&T Approval Code: A50330000
    DC21: 541.361
    B&T Approval Code: A84720000
    DC22: 541.361
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 541/.361
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: TP265 .G87 2011
    Thema V1.0: PDN
    Publisher
    Zephyr Press
    Imprint name
    Zephyr Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Tuscan
    Author Information
    William Gurstelle is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years. He is the author of Absinthe & Flamethrowers, The Art of the Catapult; the bestselling Backyard Ballistics; Building Bots, Whoosh, Boom, Splat; and Notes from the Technology Underground. He is a contributing editor at Make magazine and writes frequently for The Rake, Wired, and several other national magazines.
    Review quote
    "A recipe book packed with fun (and safe) fire projects, fit for science geeks, garage experimenters and casual weekend flame-throwers." --MSNBC.com