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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556527456
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About 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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The Way Toys Work: The Science Behind the Magic 8 Ball, Etch A Sketch, Boomerang, and More 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as informative as it leads you to believe