English Summary/英文概要： Ordinary folks can construct 13 awesome ballistic devices in their 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—a match-powered rocket—to the more complex—a scale-model, table-top catapult—to the offbeat—a tennis ball cannon. 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. This book will be indispensable for the legions of backyard toy-rocket launchers and fireworks fanatics who wish every day was the fourth of July.
Awards/获奖情况： “If you want to make a potato souffle, pick up a book by Julia Child. If you want to decorate your holiday cards with hand-cut potato stamps, look to a Martha Stewart manual. If, however, you’d like to launch a potato in a blazing fireball of combusting hairspray from a PVC pipe, your best source is Backyard Ballistics, by William Gurstelle.”---Time Out New York
“Your inner boy will get a bang out of these 13 devices to build and shoot in your own back yard, some of them noisy enough to legally perk up a 4th of July---The Dallas Morning News
“你想制造马铃薯杂音？那就翻开Julia Child的书吧！你想用手工切片的马铃薯邮票来装饰节日贺卡？那就留意Martha Stewart的指南吧！但是，如果你想从PVC管里发射一枚装在燃烧发胶里的土豆火球，你最好的参考资料来自于William Gurstelle的《后花园的弹道学》。”——Time Out New York