TELESCOPE POWER: Fantastic Activities & Easy Projects for Young Astronomers, by Gregory L. Matloff with drawings by Constance Bangs, 128 pages, softbound, published 1993.

Designed to challenge and motivate young readers interested in telescopes and astronomy. Contains complete instructions on setting up equipment, progressing to the use of simple eyepieces and filters. Offers an abundance of simple yet intriguing subjects for observation with explicit guidelines on locating them. Exercises are intended to teach children about the universe and thus learn what science is all about. Packed with photos and illustrations. Includes moon and seasonal star maps.

SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS: Flight, Space & Astronomy, Bob Bonnet & Dan Keen, illustrated by Karen McKee, 96 pages, hardbound, published 1997.

Want to win that next science fair? Here are 53 science projects for elementary school kids that can be made from inexpensive and easily available materials, yet they teach and exhibit exciting scientific principles that combine math, physics, aerodynamics, optics, and astronomy. You’ll be able to exhibit and explain the moon’s motions, star patterns, how the sun casts shadows, paper airplanes designed for distance, gravity’s effect on light, light pollution, maps of the north and south skies, the effect of sunlight on color, the practical benefits of space research, and 44 more. Work with kites, parachutes, balloons, bubbles, compasses, binoculars, telescopes—all of them basic and ordinary things, all of them sure to inspire you to get involved in the excitement and fun of science and to win that next science fair! 75 b/w illustrations.

SIMPLE KALEIDOSCOPES: 24 Spectacular Scopes to Make, by Gary Newlin, 112 pages, softbound. Celebrate the magic of kaleidoscopes by learning how they work, and then creating 24 sensational—and—scopes. An article by nationally known kaleidoscope maker Charles Karadimos explains the effects of different mirror systems—the so-called "heart" of a scope—and Sherry Moser, another renowned kaleidoscope artist, provides an overview of what object—the "soul" of the scope—can be put into the end chamber to produce excellent images. Full-color photographs highlight every project and showcase the work of some of the most talented kaleidoscope artisans in the world. 70 color illusions, 75 b/w illusions. NEWLIN1558
THE KALEIDOSCOPE BOOK: A Spectrum of Spectacular Scopes to Make, by Thom Boswell, 128 pages, softbound. "A fascination with them shines through every page of this beautifully illustrated celebration that doubled as a craft book…Attractive full-color photos picture the devices. Sequenced black-and-white photos illustrate the 11 projects included…A lovely book designed with both the handicrafter and the pure aesthete in mind"—Booklist. 56 pages in color, 80 black and white illustrations. BOSWELL371X
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF HOLOGRAMS, How They Work and How to Make Them, by Joseph E. Kasper and Steven A. Feller, 216 pages, softbound, published 1987. The book is full of diagrams and drawings explaining how to create holorams using different set-ups and approaches. It covers the geometric model, and specifics about transmission and reflection holograms. It also has a section on phase holograms and some other types that are used in movies, data storage and other special applications.


SUNDIALS, by Albert Waugh, 230 pages, softbound. Far and away the best, most thorough coverage of ideas, mathematics concerned, types, construction, adjusting anywhere. Over 100 illustrations. WAUGH9475
SUNDIALS: History, Theory, and Practice, by Rene R.J. Rohr, 176 pages, softbound. Masterly account of sundials, with practical instructions for building your own. Formulae, rare dials, mottoes, much more. ROHR1391
SOAP BUBBLES, by C.V. Boys, 192 pages, softbound. Lectures cover dozens of experiments, explanations, using bubble as departure point, for many areas in physics. 83 illustrations. BOYS5428
THE SCIENCE OF SOAP FILMS AND SOAP BUBBLES, by Cyril Isenburg, 220 pages, softbound. Superb treatment of molecular and macroscopic properties of soap films and bubbles, emphasizing solutions of physical problems. Over 120 illustrations, 41 color photographs. ISENBURG9604