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From: "Steve Andrew"
Subject: Re: HELP - My missile wont work!
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Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 02:11:28 GMT
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Organization: BigPond Internet Services (http://www.bigpond.net.au)
Spehro Pefhany wrote:
> On Sun, 29 Dec 2002 01:08:35 GMT, the renowned "Steve Andrew"
>> It's not often I'd agree with Phil but I think he does have a valid
> So do I.. there are suspicious posts every now and then here that
> could be from "mad bomber" types or possibly terrorists, though I
> suspect the latter have a few experts who can supply more
> reliable information than a newsgroup. Half the responses here would
> probably inadvertently blow the would-be bomber to smithereens.
>> Now - Does anybody have any good URLs for the home-brew nuclear
>> physics enthusiast ? ;->
> Sure, get the _Amateur Scientist_ CD (has all the columns before they
> neutered it). It's < $40 from Amazon, or if they've stopped carrying
> it, try Surplus Shed in PA. Build your own atom-smasher in your
> basement, experiment with ionizing radiation, lasers etc.
Yes - I certainly miss that. I was given a copy of "The Amateur Scientist"
(C L Stong) when it was published in 1965. It's also a collection of the
best Amateur Scientist articles from Scientific American. I always wanted to
build the atom smasher but never did. I did build the x-ray gear though,
powered as per the article from an old Model-T Ford spark coil. Worked very
well - I was only 15 at the time and had little appreciation of the risks
involved - but I seem to have survived :)
I was not aware that there was a CD version available. It sounds like an
up-dated version of the book with more modern articles - I must have a look
and maybe treat myself to a belated Christmas pressy - Thanks for the
> Best regards,
> Spehro Pefhany
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