Now comes this ball of geometric possibilities, from creativity guru Roger von Oech. Perfect for anyone with a 3-dimensional mind, from a precocious child to a bored nonagenarian, including your favorite artist, mathematician, designer, engineer, or whatever. The little red ball, 3-1/4" dia, comprises (30) magnetized right golden rhombic pyramids that will fit together in endless shapes, from a rhombic triacontahedron (see the pic), to stars, wreaths, animals, sunbursts, and endless others. Comes with a 96pp booklet on geometric possibilities and creativity. Plenty of desktop noodling fun, but a lot more than just a toy.
Bigger than a baseball across the top, this is one ginormous jewel. You pick a clear or deep-translucent-blue, 24% lead crystal, cut-glass gem. It’s 3-1/8” dia at the top, tapering to point 2-1/8” deep. Could be mounted in a stunning, but really, really, really big engagement ring.
Use this little stainless beauty to teach teenagers and older students how heat engines work Then keep it on your desk, where you deserve to have it! This low-temperature-differential Stirling engine is beautifully machined. It works with hot water, ice water, a combination of hot water with ice cubes, or a hair dryer. It measures 5-3/4" tall with a 3-5/8" dia flywheel and a 3-1/2" dia x 7/8" tall base. The speed with hot water is approx 150 rpm. This is a real showpiece, the best we've ever seen at this price. Includes a 7-page instruction booklet.
OK, glass with blue LEDs, but still. This is a Newton’s Cradle, always seen with steel ball bearings, but this time with frosted glass balls glowing a stunning bright blue while they swing on wires and prove Newton’s Third Law, and if you have to look that up you shouldn’t be reading this catalog in the first place. Just kidding--it says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. You knew that. Newton would have ordered multiples of this beauty for all of his friends. Measures 7-3/4" tall on a 7" x 6" base with the standard (5) globes. You add (6) “AA” batteries for the glow.
Need some comfort? Want a prettier paperweight? These hunks of melted, smoked glass have pooled to approx 3-5/8" x 2-1/8" x 5/8" thick, and weigh about 1/3 lb. They're flat-bottomed with rounded tops, sort of like cool flip-phones that never ring. Bound to make you feel better.
Like the days of our lives, the sand in these large glass timers is running out. You pick the hour-glass in a double teardrop shape with blue sand, which takes approx an hour to empty (nothing was certain in the pre-digital age, my friend), and stands 11-1/4" tall x 4" dia; or the three-chamber half-hour glass that measures 9" tall x 3-3/16" top and bottom, with red sand. Keep one on your desk and no one can accuse you of being a clock-watcher, or use it anywhere you'd rather not hear a beep.
Yes, your desktop is made of atoms (you, too) but this is a 7" dia chrome and black model of an atomic structure (Boronish, Paul says) that keeps on turning via the magic of electromagnetics, at least until the 9V battery you put in it wears out. Stands approx 9" tall on its base. Ignore that "perpetual motion" on the box, unless you have a perpetual battery. Minimal assembly required, but a maximum person like you won't have a problem with it.
Here’s a new way to wake up. The Bedol Water Clock™ is a digital alarm clock that uses only water to ionize and power itself. Shaped like a cross between a Manta ray, Stealth Bomber and a plastic pita bread, the 3-5/8" X 1-1/4" console is cobalt blue and silver with an LCD display featuring time, date, and alarm functions. Measures 9-3/4" x 6-1/4" x 2-5/8" overall and the mfg claims it’ll run a half-a-year on a single fill. CJ warns that if you have dirty water or live near a fracking zone, use bottled water--and he’s not kidding.
This carved and painted trio of wooden ducks came in from Indonesia (and boy, are their arms tired). Measure 9”, 7” and 5-3/4” long, respectively, and they’re made to sit on a mantel or shelf with their necks extended out and down, overhanging the edge, so they stare at you, as ducks will. You can even put them in a row if you want.
For store hours, phone and directions, click here.
Or View Our Latest Printed Catalog Online
Our web site always contains everything we have available for sale outside our retail stores. Typically, new items are listed on the site before they get published in our catalog...
Unlike Any Place On Earth
In addition to this fabulous on-line catalog of incredible stuff, American Science & Surplus has three great retail locations. If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by! Store hours may vary. Feel free to call for store hours and directions.