William Gurstelle

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William Gurstelle
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William Gurstelle at Kinnernet, May 9, 2009
Residence Minnesota
Education University of Minnesota
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
Employer Make magazine
Website http://www.Williamgurstelle.com

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.

He is also the author of several science “how-to” books published by Crown Books/Random House and Chicago Review Press.

His best known work is Backyard Ballistics, which according to Newsweek magazine, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies.[1] 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.[2]

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."

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  1. ^ 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]
  2. ^ 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. 

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