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This is a fabulous book, and a real education too--a beautiful
introduction to hands-on chemistry. Theo Gray brings us dozens of
experiments in minute, clear, and loving detail, and each one becomes
a door onto the marvels of how chemicals react. Whether he is showing
us how to make table salt from its violent elements, or, in a quieter
vein, to make one's own nylon thread or "lead" pencils, Gray's
encyclopedic knowledge and contagious enthusiasm transport us to deep
intellectual realms, while never sacrificing a sense of wonder and,
above all, fun.
Oliver Sacks, Awakenings, Uncle Tungsten, Musicophillia
What a magnificent book. It's gorgeous, playful, and draws you in.
Every single photo shows not only a deep love of science in the
abstract, but also a tinkerer's love of the STUFF of science; the
tools and glass, the clay and metal, and all the things that make
science accessible to everyone.
Adam Savage, star of MythBusters
What good is this Nobel Prize around my neck if it doesn't produce
admiration for science writers such as Theo Gray, whose skillful work
helps convert young students into serious researchers.
Leon Lederman, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics
Theo's MAD SCIENCE is destined to inspire and spark the imaginations
of the next generation of makers, tinkerers, engineers and mad
Phillip Torrone, Senior Editor of MAKE Magazine
I've spent 22 years working with Theo Gray on creating software,
seeing him find simple ways to do the seemingly impossible. You're in
for a treat when he applies the same creativity and insight to
revealing the science of everyday things.
Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica & author of A New Kind of Science
Theodore Gray has attained a level of near superhuman geekery that
the rest of us can only mutely admire.
Cecil Adams, The Straight Dope