Geek Gift Ideas – Dec 20 (Backyard Ballistics)

Backyard Ballistics from ThinkGeek.comHave you ever wanted to build a potato canon? a rocket powered by match sticks? a Cincinnati fire kite (yeah, I don’t know what that is either)? a tennis ball mortar? or a pneumatic missile? No? Well, then this book is not for you. If it is… then hot dang, Backyard Ballistics is just the book for you! You can construct 13 awesome ballistic devices in your garage or basement workshops using inexpensive household or hardware store materials and this step-by-step guide. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build projects ranging from the simple, to the more complex, to the offbeat.

With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind the projects, and profiles scientists and extraordinary experimenters such as Alfred Nobel, Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton. Backyard Ballistics is indispensable for the legions of backyard toy-rocket launchers and fireworks fanatics who wish every day was the fourth of July.