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 a columnist and contributing editor at Popular Science Popular Science magazine. Previously, he was 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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