Schoolboy Science Remembered (Paperback)
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Do you remember those wonderful days in the school lab? Not those days when you had
to do those dreadful tests, or when your science teacher demonstrated yet another experiment that failed abysmally and the chemicals turned the wrong colour. Rather, those days when you learned about some amazing principle and felt stimulated to go home and try it out yourself. And when you did, do you recall that Eureka moment?
This book takes you on a voyage of scientific re-discovery. From the kitchen laboratory to the bathroom test site you will be able to do experiments galore, investigate the mystery of the pyramid, find things out about your body and make things fizz. If you want to reexperience those Eureka moments, then this book is for you
Did you know?
• That Tycho Brahe, the great Renaissance scientist had an artificial silver nose and was assisted in his experiments by his court jester
• That you can make a battery from a stack of coins, blotting paper, silver foil and some salt and vinegar
• That an ancient Greek inventor, Hero of Alexandria invented a steam machine 1,700 years before James Watt built his steam engine
• That you can make a crystal set radio from a toilet tube, copper wire, a pencil, a safety pin, a few drawing pins and paper clips, and an old razor blade
Well, you can find out here
KEITH SOUTER is a part time doctor, medical writer and novelist. He has always had a passion for science and been an avid home experimenter. This all started in his early school days when he learned that his chemistry teacher had no intention of showing him how to make stink bombs.
He is now happily married with three grown-up children, all of whom somehow survived his impromptu experiments. Apart from his passion for science and medicine he is interested in history, sport and fiction. In his spare time he writes novels under his own name and a couple of pseudonyms. He is a member of the Crime Writers Association, the Society of Authors and International Thriller Writers.
He looks back with fondness at all those early forays into the laboratory and secretly
admits to being a frustrated science teacher – hence this book SCHOOLBOY SCIENCE
This is a great book to have on standby for your older kids during holidays. Let the, dip into the contents and find an experiment that would appeal to them and then stand back. Some supervision may be necessary but the important thing is to let them have a go. Experiments are clearly set out like a recipe – Requirements, Method, Explanation.Parenting without tears.com
There are plenty of ‘magic tricks; to keep them busy and entertained plus they can have fun making bath bombs or building a crystal set radio. Schoolboy Science Remembered contains all sorts of ‘did you knows’ and historical facts plus a useful timeline of the history of science from 8000BC up to 2008 – a good source of facts if you are ever compiling quizzes! Plus there’s a comprehensive index.
Keith Souter’s conversational style is engaging and encouraging – perfectly pitched for his target audience.
School science can be very boring - many schools no longer allow kids to investigate or use scientific equipment especially if it involves the odd bang or flame. Yet school science used toMonsters and Critics.com - Angela Youngman
be like that. Quite often experiments did go wrong. If you have ever wanted to recreate some of those fascinating experiments, discover how to make things fizz or how to make a crystal radio set from items around your home; then this is the book for you. Find out how to make a battery
from a stack of coins, blotting paper, silver foil, salt and vinegar or how to make a foil robot skate across water. If you are one of the lucky families teaching your children at home, then this book is absolutely essential. It puts science in the hands of ordinary people, without need for lots of expensive equipment. The book is also full of fascinating little gems of information which make it easy to read such as Renaissance scientist Tycho Brahe had an artificial nose made of silver and was helped in his experiments by the court jester. All instructions are easy to follow and require only items to be found around the house. This is abook guaranteed to bring science alive.
“Dr Souter writes with an easy style that viels the subjects complexity.”Whitby Gazette
“It would give any reader a good grounding in basic science.”
“If I had owned this book at the age of 12 I would undoubtedly have been banished to the shed at the end of the yard and I would have loved every minute of it.”
It’s a brilliant gift for anyone and covers a whole host of science projects that will get the kids’ minds working, or if like me, it’ll get your interested enough to give it a go yourself and give you the satisfaction of combining science with sheer fun.Wakefield Express, 25th November
The book is the ideal stocking filler for all ages, I’m not scientifically minded in any way but the book makes laearning a laugh and tells us why and not just how it works. I guarantee you’ll find something inside interested and before you know it you’ll be putting the contents to the test.
A former GP turned writer who has turned his hand to novels and non-fiction will be signing his latest work tomorrow. Dr Keith Souter, of Sandal, will sign copies of his books, including The Little Book of Genius and Schoolboy Science Remembers, at Waterstones…Wakefield Express, 9th Dec
“…a very good read it is, too, with subjects ranging from the elements, magnetism and electricity, to cooking chemistry. What is fun is that there are things you can try yourself, including a dozen ‘eggsperiments’, things that fizz (nothing dangerous, no nitro-glyerine needed!), light bending and butter churning instructions and how to build your own Crystal set radio. Marvellous stuff and very entertaining!Best of British, Oct 2011
Wizard foray in to the world of home science, pack with experiments using ordinary household items. Turn mothballs or Alka Seltzer into a self-propelling boat; make your own kaleidoscope, and transform metal coat hangers into dowsing rods.Bookseller, April 2011