Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes – Spangler's Latest Book of Cool Science Experiments
With a title like Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes, you know that this probably isn’t going to be your ordinary book of experiments. At the early stages of writing this book, we had to put our heads together and try to think of a way to make this book different from the thousands of science experiment books out there. It’s true… just saying the words science experiment book will spawn a contagious outbreak of uncontrollable yawns followed by hours of sleep. So, how was I going to inspire my team to help me create a book that was different? Take a look…
We started by building a list of the most popular science experiments that I’ve had the opportunity to present over the years – in the classroom, on television and on our website. The next step was to use amazing photography to capture the wow-factor of each activity. It’s no different that thumbing through the pages of a great cookbook… the photos grab your attention and entice you to read more about the recipe.
Colorado Signing at the Tattered Cover Book Store
Thursday, September 16, 2010 – 6:00 PM
Thanks to an amazingly creative editorial team, we took nearly 4,000 photographs over the course of 7 months and had to narrow down the final selection to 248 photos in a book that’s 160 pages. With all of this emphasis on photos, we hoped that the writing didn’t take a back seat. Our concern was answered when we received this review from a person who got their hands on an advance copy.
“If science books were like this when I was a kid, things might have been different for me! The first thing that grabs your attention is the photography – amazing photos that detail the entire process, and there’s no disappointment when it comes to the writing. After reading just a few pages, you can see that this guy is seriously funny.”
The end result is a book that oozes our passion for making science fun. If all goes well, that ooze is going to be contagious.
What is most striking about this amazing book is the number and quality of photographs that are included. Sometimes the most difficult thing about performing an experiment or demonstration is not knowing what it looks like as you do it. This book solves that problem!
The text is easy to read and my daughter already wants her own copy of this book! Although she has seen many of these demonstrations before (as the daughter of a science teacher), her enthusiasm is for being able to share these experiences with her friends! That makes this a priceless treasure in my world!
Ellen – Thanks for the nice comment. I’ll be sure to share your kind words with the editorial team that worked so hard on the book.
like your website its really kool
Just saw you doing some more amazing experiments on “Ellen” and now I know what present to buy for my niece’s 10th birthday. She’ll love it, thanks Steve!! 🙂