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Scientific American's The Amateur Scientist 2.0
A treasury of well over 1000 extraordinary science projects fully described on one easy-to-use CD-ROM.

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This portion of The Citizen Scientist is dedicated to the prop- osition that "science" is a verb. In other words, it is something to DO.

Here you will find many ways to get your hands dirty, both literally and figuratively. This section includes everything from simple tips for the lab bench to more sophisticated projects for constructing your own laboratory equipment.

Getting Started in Electronics
by Forrest M. Mims III

Still one of the very best introductions for anyone inter- estsed in learning electronics. Concepts are clearly explained with circuits that demonstrate each new idea. Each circuit comes complete with all necessary supporting data, and there are special tips on trouble- shooting, construction, and mod- ifications for each circuit. Each page and figure in this book was lettered and drawn by hand by Forrest, recreating the look and feel of his own laboratory notebooks! If you don't have a copy of this book, you should. Millions of copies have been sold, with good reason. Click here to order.

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Updated 16 April 2004

If you love science, then this is a must have: from the pages of Scientific American magazine, the complete collection of the legendary column "The Amateur Scientist" on CD-ROM. Our reviewers all agree. This is by far the most comprehensive compendium of hands-on science projects ever assembled.

Contains the complete collection--73 years--of articles from Scientific American magazine's legendary column "The Amateur Scientist," plus a second Software Library CD with shareware and freeware programs to feed the passion of any science nut. Click here to order.

Because some of the material in this web site describes projects that could be dangerous, the user agrees to hold the Society for Amateur Scientists harmless and waive any and all claims against the Society for Amateur Scientists, their officers, direc- tors, members, employees, attorneys, agents, successors and assigns, resulting from any and all injuries incurred (including, but not limited to, personal injury, loss of life and/or property damage).
How to Set Up and Use a Home Laboratory in Limited Space with Limited Time
A Simple Bubble Reflection Viewer

Minimum Shutter Speed Revised!
Natural Acidity or Alkalinity Indicators
How to Make a Chemical Balance
Blowing Plastic Bubbles
Fire Extinguishers and Safety in the Chemistry Lab
How to Solder Aluminum
A Refrigerator Compressor Vacuum Pump
How to Cut the Top Off a Bottle
The Science of Measuring Snowfall
On Equipment to Study Freezing
Elementary Knowledge of Metalworking
An Experimental Random Number Generator
Make Your Own Chemicals: Ammonium Sulfide
A Seasonal Source for Cheap Robot Parts
A Homebrew Flash Lamp
A Source for Very Fine Magnet Wire
Sorption Pump Vacuum Systems
A Walk-in Trap for Nesting Ducks
A Pivot for a Foucault Pendulum
To Bore a Hole in Hardened Steel
Electro Zinc Plating
An Ingenious Electric Motor
Options for Drilling Holes in Glass
Drills Made From Needles
Make Your Own Chemicals: Recovery of Gold
A Homebrew Spot-welder
Collecting Nematodes
How to Make a Hygrometer
An Emergency Corkscrew
An Electrochemical Cell
2-Liter Plastic Soda Bottle Bird Feeder
Microscopy: Hematoxylin & Periodic Acid-Schiff's Stain
Mounting Diatoms for Microscopic Study
Glass Blowing: Making a Test Tube
Using the Control Panel from Defunct Microwave Oven as an Electronic Timer
Making Fluids into Solids with Magnets
West Nile Virus and Birds
Cutting and Soldering Copper Pipe
Purifying and Working with Mercury
Components for Experimenting with Electronics
Looking for Overwintering Insects
How to Build a Hele-Shaw Cell
Measuring with Calipers
Measuring with a Micrometer
Forcing Metal into a Mold Using Steam

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