The Book of Massively Epic Engineering Disasters

33 Thrilling Experiments Based on History's Greatest Blunders

By Sean Connolly

It’s hands-on science with a capital “E”—for engineering.

Beginning with the toppling of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, to the destructive, laserlike sunbeams bouncing off London’s infamous “Fryscraper” in 2013, here is an illustrated tour of the greatest engineering disasters in history, from the bestselling author of The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science.

Each engineering disaster includes a simple, exciting experiment or two using everyday household items to explain the underlying science and put learning into action. Understand the Titanic’s demise by sinking an ice-cube-tray ocean liner in the bathtub. Stomp on a tube of toothpaste to demonstrate what happens to non-Newtonian fluids under pressure—and how a ruptured tank sent a tsunami of molasses through the streets of Boston in 1919.

From why the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans to the fatal design flaw in the Sherman tank, here’s a book of science at its most riveting.

 

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“A new collection from an old hand at designing intriguing STEM activities that will entertain as well as enlighten.”—Kirkus Reviews

“With ever-advancing technology present in the lives of readers, this text provides the chance for aspiring architects, engineers, and other problem solvers to understand past mistakes before building future wonders.” —School Library Journal


 
Product Details
Age range
9 - 14
Grade range
3 - 8
Series
Irresponsible Science
Categories
Number of pages
256
Publication date
September 05, 2017
ISBN
9780761183945