Absinthe and Flamethrowers
A Selection of the Scientific American Book ClubWant to add more excitement to your life?This daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects will show you how. Written for smart risk takers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously.Risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike watching an action movie or playing a video game, real-life experience changes a person, and Gurstelle will help you discover the true thrill of making black powder along with dozens of other edgy activities.All of the projects from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning bartitsu, and building a flamethrower have short learning curves, are hands-on and affordable, and demonstrate true but reasonable risk.With a strong emphasis on safety, each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions, photographs, and illustrations along with troubleshooting tips from experts in the field."
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 149.86 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 294.84g
- 01 Jun 2009
- A Cappella Books
- Los Angeles, CA, United States
- b/w photos & illus
"If you ever wondered what happened to MacGyver, he lives in Minneapolis under the name of Bill Gurstelle." Lee Zlotoff, creator, "MacGyver""
About William Gurstelle
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 "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. He can be contacted at absintheandflamethrowers.com