Published by Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, May 2013
For nearly a decade, Theodore Gray has been dreaming up, executing, photographing and writing about extreme experiments for his magazine column entitled “Gray Matter,” which has remained a favorite of Popular Science readers for just as long.
In 2009, Gray wrote a book, based on these columns, called Theo Gray’s Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Probably Shouldn’t. it was a critical and commercial success and now he’s back with a much anticipated second volume of all new, equally exciting and educational demonstrations.
In Mad Science² Gray bravely dips his finger into molten lead to demonstrate what’s known in science as the Leidenfrost effect. In a particularly messy experiment he crushes a tomato demonstrating the extreme power of neodymium-iron-boron magnets. And, in a wonderful instance of science meets art, he creates lovely, albeit ephemeral, trinkets out of solid mercury, thus demonstrating how the state of matter depends very much on the temperature at which it exists. Other mesmerizing demonstrations in Mad Science² include:
• Floating a tinfoil boat on an invisible sea of gas
• Firing up a lance made of bacon that’s hot enough to cut metal
• Charging a smart phone with apples and pennies
• Transforming a handful of Pepto Bismol tablets into a ball of metal, in 8 steps
And, many more.
Every experiment in Mad Science² is accompanied by gorgeous, full-color photographs that provide readers with a front-row seat to dramatic chemical reactions. Gray gives fascinating, behind-the-scenes information for every experiment in a “How I Did It” section. This information, plus many additional, never-before-published photographs, was not included in the originally published PopSci columns.
Mad Science² is the perfect book for anyone fascinated by all things electrical, chemical, or explosive, and who loves a vicarious thrill.
“…destined to inspire and spark the imaginations of the next generation of makers, tinkerers, engineers and mad scientists”
“…Gray’s encyclopedic knowledge and contagious enthusiasm transport us to deep intellectual realms, while never sacrificing a sense of wonder and, above all, fun.”
Theodore Gray is the author of the bestselling book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe and Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Probably Shouldn't. He is the author of Popular Science magazine's monthly column, "Gray Matter," and the proprietor of periodictable.com. Gray is cofounder of Touch Press, an ebook company whose groundbreaking titles include The Elements; The Orchestra; Solar System; Skulls; Shakespeare’s Sonnets and many more, all available for the iPad. He is also cofounder of Wolfram Research, creators of the world's leading technical software system, Mathematica© and Wolfram ⅼ Alpha™. He lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.