The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery (Paperback)
 
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The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery (Paperback)

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    Whether playing at defending their own castle or simply chucking pumpkins over a fence, wannabe marauders and tinkerers will become fast acquainted with Ludgar, the War Wolf, Ill Neighbor, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey?ancient artillery devices kno......more

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Whether playing at defending their own castle or simply chucking pumpkins over a fence, wannabe marauders and tinkerers will become fast acquainted with Ludgar, the War Wolf, Ill Neighbor, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey?ancient artillery devices known commonly as catapults. Building these simple yet sophisticated machines introduces fundamentals of math and physics using levers, force, torsion, tension, and traction. Instructions and diagrams illustrate how to build seven authentic working model catapults, including an early Greek ballista, a Roman onager, and the apex of catapult technology, the English trebuchet. Additional projects include learning how to lash and make rope and how to construct and use a hand sling and a staff sling. The colorful history of siege warfare is explored through the stories of Alexander the Great and his battle of Tyre; Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and the Third Crusade; pirate-turned-soldier John Crabbe and his ship-mounted catapults; and Edward I of England and his battle against the Scots at Stirling Castle.

William Gurstelle is the author of Absinthe and Flamethrowers, The Art of the Catapult, the bestselling Backyard Ballistics, Building Bots, Whoosh, Boom, Splat, and Notes from the Technology Underground. He is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years. He is a contributing editor at Make magazine and writes frequently for Wired, The Rake, and several other national magazines. He can be contacted at nfttu.blogspot.com.

Author:
Gurstelle, William
Genre:
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Experiments & Projects
Genre Detail:
Juvenile Grades 4-6 Ages 9-11
Audience:
Children/juvenile
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
160
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chicago Review Pr
Publish Date:
05/01/2004
Copyright Year:
2004
ISBN:
9781556525261
Height:
9.75 in
Wdth:
6.75 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.75 lb
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  • Great homeschool projects!

    This book has taken front and center stage since it got here. My boys (especially my oldest one) have great fun collecting things to make their own catapults. We haven't actually started building any because we are in the middle of reading the book, but the instructions are very clear and easy to read. The day it got here, my oldest son was inspired to start writing up his own plans for a catapult. We have been studying medieval times, so this book was a great addition to our family!

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