Author: Stephanie Bearce
Product Code: 5703
ISBN: 9781618215703
Pages: 158
Availability: In stock.

Nikola Tesla was crazy smart. He invented the idea for cell phones in 1893, discovered alternating current, and invented a death ray gun. Of course, he also talked to pigeons, ate only boiled food, and was scared of women who wore jewelry. He was an insane inventor. So was Henry Cavendish, who discovered hydrogen, calculated the density of the Earth, and was so scared of people that he had to write notes to communicate. Sir Isaac Newton discovered the laws of gravity, believed in magic, and thought he could make a potion to create gold. These stories may sound twisted, but they’re all true tales from science!

Ages 9–12


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by Jace O., age 10
on 11/7/2017
from Tidewater Mensa
Informative and interesting
Insane Inventors tells the stories of many Scientists, some famous and some barely ever mentioned. I feel like this book is very informative and interesting compared to other books like it. This book would be better for older children ages 10 to adulthood. I give it five stars.
by Chris
on 7/26/2017
Twisted True Tales from Science: Insane Inventors
As the parent of a ten-year-old, we've thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie Bearce’s “Twisted True Tales from Science” series, which is jam-packed with interesting facts for both kids and adults.

INSANE INVENTORS is broken into three sections: “Don’t Try this at Home,” “Anything for Science,” and “Strange Days of Science.” Each section contains many short, easily digestible chapters and hands-on activities in the “Inventor’s Lab.”

Readers will learn about the brilliant (and often eccentric) inventors of everything from elevators and laughing gas to Popsicles and Super Soakers. And there’s a prolific reference section for those who wish to delve deeper into a subject.

This is an excellent addition to any home or school library!
by MH
on 4/24/2017
from Shaker Hts, OH
Thumbnails of Eccentric Inventors
Human curiosity not only advances the frontiers of science, but also develops the desire to know about other people’s lives.  This book combines both (sort of) by giving readers a glimpse into the eccentricities of some individuals who have challenged and expanded scientific understanding.

The book is divided into three part titled “Don’t Try This at Home”, “Anything for Science”, and “Strange Days of Science”.  The classifications and criteria used to differentiate chapters in one section from another seem arbitrary.  The first chapter serves as an introduction highlighting the absurdity of risking one’s life for testing one’s invention or augmenting scientific understanding.  Each section contains about half a dozen chapters, and most chapters profile a main personality.  While the primary focus is on their eccentricities, there is (of course) acknowledgment of their scientific contributions.  Virtually all luminaries are from the pre-modern and modern era, and there are none from outside the Western World.  The last two chapters of each section describe experiments that readers can try with everyday objects.

This book is clearly aimed at middle school students.  Its size, illustrations and narrative do not make it intimidating for that age group.  While the book does have its shortcomings, for the price, readability, illustrations and extensive bibliography, it is recommended for middle school students (and curious adults).  I received a review copy of the book.
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Review: Pages Unbound - June 16, 2017
This is a great book for middle schoolers, particularly those interested in the weird and the gross.
Review by: Sarah Knutson, School Library Journal - May 25, 2017
With color illustrations and a smattering of black-and-white photographs, this addition to the series offers a taste of the wacky drive that inventors often need in order to innovate . . . Given the brevity of the chapters and the cartoonish artwork, even reluctant readers will garner insights from this title . . . VERDICT Elementary and middle school libraries, as well as public libraries, should consider this title for purchase.
Review by: Jacqueline Pfeiffer, NSTA Recommends - May 19, 2017
While the series is geared for 9–12-year-old readers, I believe it would be interesting to middle schoolers as well. This was truly a fun book to read. I highly recommend it and believe all who pick it up will read it clear through to the end.
Review by: Elaine Wiener, Gifted Education Communicator - May 1, 2017
[This book] is full of true stories that most of us have never heard before. Because of Stephanie Bearce we are entertained and at the same time more educated than we have ever been. These scientists/inventors thought in ways so different from the usual. And this is a good reminder to those who work with gifted children that wonderful brains need freedom to think in original ways.
Review by: Briana Wagner, Manhattan Book Review - February 1, 2017
Overall, the book presents some wild tales that are sure to get children interested in science.

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