The Art of the Catapult

The Art of the Catapult book introduces the history and science concepts behind ancient artillery devices and includes instructions for building seven...read more

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The Art of the Catapult book introduces the history and science concepts behind ancient artillery devices and includes instructions for building seven authentic working model catapults. Whether playing at defending their own castle or simply chucking pumpkins over a fence, readers will become acquainted with ancient artillery devices known commonly as catapults. Re-creating these simple yet sophisticated machines introduces the fundamentals of math and physics using levers, force, torsion, tension, and traction. Instructions and diagrams illustrate how to build seven authentic working model catapults, including an early Greek ballista, a Roman onager, and the apex of catapult technology, the English trebuchet. Additional projects include learning how to lash and make rope and how to construct and use a hand sling and a staff sling.

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Age Recommendation: Ages 9 and up

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