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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Written for novices and illustrated . . . throughout, this book is sure to provide hours of entertainment and enlightenment."  —School Library Journal

"Perfect for collectors, for anyone daring enough to build homemade versions of these classic toys and even for casual browsers."  —Booklist

"Really fun . . . can keep little and big brains occupied for hours."  —mamaspeaks.com

mamaspeaks.com
Really fun . . . can keep little and big brains occupied for hours.
Booklist
Perfect for collectors, for anyone daring enough to build homemade versions of these classic toys, and even for casual browsers.
School Library Journal

Adult/High School- The authors examine 50 toys, including their history and scientific principles. In many cases, they discuss and reproduce original patent drawings. They also take the toys apart to reveal the technology that makes them tick and offer suggestions on how one might build some of these items from scratch. The entries include the balsa wood plane, Erector Set, Frisbee, gyroscope, hula hoop, and Nintendo Entertainment System. Written for novices and illustrated with black-and-white photos throughout, this book is sure to provide hours of entertainment and enlightenment.-Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556527456
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,359,253
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Sobey founded the National Toy Hall of Fame and was founding director of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He also cofounded Kids Invent Toys at California State University–Fresno and Camp Invention. He has written 20 books, including A Field Guide to Office Technology, and directed five museums from Florida to Oregon. Woody Sobey is the state coordinator for Invent Idaho, a state-wide invention competition for grade school students, and the director of education for the Discovery Center of Idaho.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Awesome

    It gives you awesome ways to build different toys.I made my own magic eight ball just by reading simple instructions.This book also tells you about the history ofit and the many things it does.If you are interested in building things,tis is definetely the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Save your money

    Not as informative as it leads you to believe

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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