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2011 Nominee
Voted 15 out of 20

Kaboom: Explosions of All Kinds

By Gillian Richardson. Published in 2009 by Annick

Natural or man-made, explosions go BOOM! for many reasons, and science can explain them all.

Who knew that some insects can create explosions to get food? Or that fireworks were once used to fight wars?

Explosions are all around us, from the Big Bang that created the universe to the “pop” of a seedpod, and from solar flares to the explosive gases lurking in a coal mine.

Full of fun facts, dramatic images and highlights of momentous blasts in history — including the infamous Halifax explosion of 1917, which killed thousands of people — Kaboom! Examines an astonishing variety of explosions and the science behind them. Many remarkable blasts are a result of human ingenuity, from carving the faces of four American presidents into a wall of granite on Mount Rushmore to the development of asthma inhalers based on a beetle’s explosive pulses to scare predators

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