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William Gurstelle (born March 29, 1956) is an American nonfiction author, magazine writer, and inventor. He is a feature columnist for Make Magazine and the Pyrotechnics and Ballistics Editor at Popular Mechanics Magazine.
His best known work is Backyard Ballistics, which according to Newsweek Magazine, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Other popular titles are Absinthe and Flamethrowers, and The Art of the Catapult. In 2011, Publishers Weekly stated Gurstelle had sold more than 300,000 of his books have been sold.
According to James A. Buczynski in Library Journal, Gurstelle's writing "balances scientific explanations of the technologies with profiles of the people who [explore] them."
- Gurstelle, William (2001). Backyard Ballistics : build potato cannons, paper match rockets, Cincinnati fire kites, tennis ball mortars, and more dynamite devices. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 9781556523755. OCLC 45861947.
- Gurstelle, William (2003). Building bots : designing and building warrior robots. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 9781556524592. OCLC 301058633.
- Gurstelle, William (2004). The art of the catapult : build Greek ballistae, Roman onagers, English trebuchets, and more ancient artillery. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 1-55652-526-5 9781556525261 9781417643233 1417643234 Check
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- Gurstelle, William (2006). Adventures from the technology underground : catapults, pulsejets, rail guns, flamethrowers, tesla coils, air cannons and the garage warriors who love them. New York: Clarkson Potter. ISBN 9781400050826. OCLC 61115533.
- Gurstelle, William (2007). Whoosh boom splat : the garage warrior's guide to building projectile shooters from potato cannons to pulsejets and beyond. New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 9780307339485. OCLC 70054192.
- Gurstelle, William (2009). Absinthe & flamethrowers : projects and ruminations on the art of living dangerously. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1-55652-822-4 1556528221 Check
|isbn=value (help). OCLC 273817829.
- Gurstelle, William (2011). The Practical Pyromaniac. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1-56976-710-8 1569767106 Check
|isbn=value (help). OCLC 690086844.
- Levy, Steven (Feb 13, 2006). "If Martha Stewart Were a Geek" (on-line reprint). Newsweek. Retrieved August 19, 2009. "Killing a thousand aliens in some pixilated corner of cyberspace can never duplicate the satisfying phoomph that comes from shooting a potato out of a homemade PVC-pipe cannon."[dead link]
- Kirch, Claire (Apr 11, 2011). "Great Balls of Fire!" (on-line reprint). Publishers Weekly. Retrieved October 26, 2011. "Gurstelle's publications mash up science, history, and DIY."
- Building A Catapult
- New York Times Book Review – Absinthe and Flamethrowers
- Wall Street Journal – Mythbuster's Adam Savage on The Practical Pyromaniac