High school science teacher Silverman recounts 33 stories of strange events and both useful and useless inventions from the 20th century. The collection is a sequel to Einstein's Refrigerator published in 2001, and would make a fun gift for curious adults. Lacks an index. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Steve Silverman is a science teacher at Chatham High School, near Albany, N.Y. He currently teaches physics, earth science, and computer science. Most of the stories found in his two books, Einstein's Refrigerator and Lindbergh's Artificial Heart, are stories he first shared in his classroom or with friends via e-mail. In addition to teaching, Steve runs a pet business with his brother that has the largest on-line selection of hermit crab supplies in the world. He lives in Chatham, N.Y. His Web site is www.uselessinformation.org.From Publishers Weekly:
High school teacher Silverman, who created a Web site for his students that gained widespread popularity, returns with a second volume (after Einstein's Refrigerator) of strange-but-true tales. With humor (sometimes clearly informed by experience: "you should never, ever, mention the name Uranus in a high school classroom!"), he relates how the astronomer Sir John Herschel, in 1835, discovered signs of life on the moon; how Joshua L. Cohen gave away the invention that led to the creation of the battery-powered flashlight and the Eveready Corporation (he then went on to invent the Lionel train); and how, for his own science classes, Silverman makes a pickle to light up like a lightbulb by "electrocuting" it. ("Don't try this one at home," he warns). Science fans and trivia buffs alike will find lots of strange, entertaining anecdotes here in short, bite-size chunks.
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Book Description Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0740733400
Book Description Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110740733400