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The Way Toys Work : The Science Behind the Magic 8 Ball, Etch A Sketch, Boomerang, and More - Ed Sobey

The Way Toys Work

The Science Behind the Magic 8 Ball, Etch A Sketch, Boomerang, and More


Published: 1st May 2008
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A Selection of the Scientific American Book Club

Profiling 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.

Aerobie -- Air Hog -- AstroBlaster -- Balsa wood plane -- Bicycle -- Big mouth Billy bass -- Boomerang -- Bubble gun -- Die-cast toy -- Diving submarine -- Dunking bird -- Electric train -- Erector set -- Etch A Sketch -- Fiction car -- Frisbee -- Furby -- Gyroscope -- Helicopter -- Hula hoop -- Jack-in-the-box -- Kaleidoscope -- Magic 8 Ball -- Magna Doodle -- NERF fun -- Nintendo entertainment system -- Operation -- Play-Doh -- Playful penguin race -- Pop-pop boat -- Potato gun -- Pullback car -- Push 'n' go car -- Radio-controlled car -- Remote-controlled robot -- Rubik's cube -- silly putty -- Slinky -- Stilts and jumping stilts -- Stomp rocket -- Super soaker -- video game light gun -- View-Master -- Vortex tornado -- Water pistol -- Water rocket -- Wiffle ball -- Windup toy -- X-zylo -- Yo-yo.

ISBN: 9781613743096
ISBN-10: 1613743092
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st May 2008
Publisher: Chicago Review Press