Theo was awarded the 2002 Ig Nobel chemistry prize, for gathering many elements of the periodic table, and assembling them into the form of a four-legged periodic table table. That led, indirectly, to Theo writing a monthly Popular Science column, and that column grew into this book, presumably the first of a series. If you came to the Improbable Research session at the AAAS meeting in Chicago this past February, you saw and heard Theo describing all this with elemental glee.
Theo’s latest video (of a series springing, so to speak, from the book) shows how one can use ham to cut steel.
[NOTE: This is a golden age for the writing of good books about so-called “mad science,” a phrase that has, in other times, somehow inspired the writing of many less-than-admirable reports. If you enjoy Theo Gray’s book, chances are exceedingly high you will also be enthralled by Reto Schneider’s similarly named and just-as-strongly-yet-very-differently wonderful book—The Mad Science Book. The pair of books, together, are a combination even more pleasing than its delightful constituent parts.]