The Way Toys Work: The Science Behind the Magic 8 Ball, Etch a Sketch, Boomerang, and More (Google eBook)

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2008 - Crafts & Hobbies - 160 pages
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A Selection of the Scientific American Book ClubProfiling 50 of the world's most popular playthings--including their history, trivia, and the technology involved--this guide uncovers the hidden science of toys. Discover how an Etch A Sketch writes on its gray screen, why a boomerang returns after it is thrown, and how an RC car responds to a remote control device. Leaving no detail unrevealed, the guide includes original patent-application blueprints and photos of the "guts" of several devices. Inventors and museum curators also offer their observations of favorite gizmos while dispelling (or confirming) several toy legends. Complete with explanations of do-it-yourself experiments and tips on reverse engineering old toys to observe their interior mechanics, this entertaining and informative reference even provides pointers on how budding toy makers can build their own toys using only recycled materials and a little ingenuity.

  

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My wife got this for me as a gift - and she knows me well. The title and subtitle explain exactly what the book is. It satisfied huge curiosities of mine. Buy it for your kids, then read it yourself. Read full review

Contents

Air Hog
4
AstroBlaster
8
Balsa Wood Plane
11
Bicycle
15
Big Mouth Billy Bass
21
Boomerang
24
Bubble Gun
28
DieCast Toy
32
PlayDoh
95
Playful Penguin Race
97
PopPop Boat
100
Potato Gun
104
Pullback Car
107
Push n Go Car
111
RadioControlled Car
115
RemoteControlled Robot
119

Diving Submarine
34
Dunking Bird
37
Electric Train
39
Erector Set
44
Etch A Sketch
46
Friction Car
49
Frisbee
52
Furby
56
Gyroscope
60
Helicopter
64
Hula Hoop
68
JackintheBox
71
Kaleidoscope
73
Magic 8 Ball
77
Magna Doodle
80
NERF Gun
83
Nintendo Entertainment System
87
Operation
91
Rubiks Cube
122
Silly Putty
125
Slinky
128
Stilts and Jumping Stilts
131
Stomp Rocket
135
Super Soaker
138
Video Game Light Gun
142
ViewMaster
145
Vortex Tornado
148
Water Pistol
152
Water Rocket
156
Wiffle Ball
161
Windup Toy
164
Xzylo
168
YoYo
171
Bibliography
177
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About the author (2008)

Ed Sobey, Ph.D., is an oceanographer and president of the Northwest Invention Center. He has directed five museums and hosted ABC-TV's popular kids' science program, Idea Factory. Sobey is the author of several children's books, including Fantastic Flying Fun with Science, Just Plane Smart, Car Smarts, and Wrapper Rockets and Trombone Straws.

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