The Magic Wand and Other Bright Experiments on Light and Color

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Bring the fun of a world-famous science museum into your own classroom or home!

THE EXPLORATORIUM SCIENCE SNACKBOOK SERIES

"Clear, concise, and visual—the best assortment of wonder- filled ideas I have seen. A must-have." —Paul Hewitt, author of Conceptual Physics

"Almost as much fun as exploring the Exploratorium, which, of course, is a googolplex of fun." —Jearl Walker, author of The Flying Circus of Physics, with Answers

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Overview

Bring the fun of a world-famous science museum into your own classroom or home!

THE EXPLORATORIUM SCIENCE SNACKBOOK SERIES

"Clear, concise, and visual—the best assortment of wonder- filled ideas I have seen. A must-have." —Paul Hewitt, author of Conceptual Physics

"Almost as much fun as exploring the Exploratorium, which, of course, is a googolplex of fun." —Jearl Walker, author of The Flying Circus of Physics, with Answers

Now you can do your own version of 25 Exploratorium experiments on light and color. All you need is a little curiosity, a few simple materials . . . and this book. Each experiment is easy to do, fully illustrated, and loaded with advice, ideas, helpful hints, and eye-popping discoveries.

Learn why the sky is blue but sunsets are red. Make strange, beautiful shapes appear with mirrors, tape, and cardboard. Through these and other projects in The Magic Wand, learn the science behind the mystery of light and color.

San Francisco's EXPLORATORIUM, source of the best-selling Explorabook, hosts half a million visitors each year.

Also available in The Exploratorium Science Snackbook Series: The Cheshire Cat and Other Eye-Popping Experiments on How We See the World

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Exploratorium Science Snackbook series, debuting this month, offers ``the kind [of snacks] you can learn from and have fun with''-miniature versions of popular exhibits at the Exploratorium, San Francisco's science museum. The Magic Wand and Other Bright Experiments on Light and Color by Paul Doherty, Don Rathjen and the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, explores such optical mysteries as why the sky is blue and sunsets are red by teaching readers how to scatter light; The Cheshire Cat and Other Eye-Popping Experiments on How We See the World, by the same authors, helps readers probe the relationship between the eye and the brain (Wiley, paper $10.95 each, ages 10-up ISBN 0-471-11515-0; 11516-9 Nov.).
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Gr 5-8-A book that features 26 scaled-down versions of exhibits at San Francisco's museum of science, art, and human perception, all assembled to observe light and investigate its behavior. The presentations include drawings and photographs of the original exhibit and the miniature exhibit to be constructed; an introduction to the activity; a list of materials; instructions; hints for how to use the finished product; an explanation of the science involved and suggested sources of additional information; and tidbits of related science and historical background. If adult help is needed, it is noted. This is a rich source of discovery activities for learning about light and color. Hands-on science at its best.-Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471115151
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/6/1995
  • Series: Exploratorium Science Snackbook Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL DOHERTY is the Director of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, which introduces and encourages inquiry-based science teaching.

DON RATHJEN is a physics and resource teacher-in-residence at the Exploratorium Teacher Institute.

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Table of Contents

Blue Sky.

Bone Stress.

Bridge Light.

Colored Shadows.

Color Table.

Corner Reflector.

Critical Angle.

Cylindrical Mirror.

Diffraction.

Disappearing Glass Rods.

Duck into Kaleidoscope.

Giant Lens.

Inverse Square Law.

Look into Infinity.

Magic Wand.

Parabolas.

Pinhole Magnifier.

Polarized Light Mosaic.

Polarized Sunglasses.

Rotating Light.

Soap Film Painting.

Spectra.

Spherical Reflections.

Touch the Spring.

Water Sphere Lens.

Index.

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