Twisted True Tales From Science: Disaster Discoveries
I learned a lot from this book, like where the Nobel Prize came from: Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite. It’s too interesting how “gun powder” was invented. The Chinese weapon names are just too long, like “Nine-Arrow Heart Piercing Magic-Poison Thunderous Fire Erupted.” People needed saltpeter for gunpowder and meat preserves. Manure/dung/scat helps make saltpeter. I agree with Sobrero that he never should have made the explosive nitroglycerine. Yum! Devil’s Porridge. A little spicy! Pow! I’d be scared to ride in a dirigible like the Hindenburg, but they might be safe if they kept working on them.
The “Exploding School” was a little upsetting to read about, but it was still interesting. “Tickling the Dragon Tail” was my favorite story. If I were Slotin, I would change my screwdriver every time. After the bad explosions, scientists found ways to improve things. There’s a cool story about a fifth grader who discovered a new molecule that could be stronger than nitroglycerine.
There are activities in the middle of the book. I tried “Fireworks in a Jar,” and it was successful. I want to try all the experiments! They have a website for NASA’s newest rocket engine.
I wish this book was bigger with more stories. I love this book! I’ll read more of this author’s books. Some of the stories might be a little traumatic for kids under five.