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William Gurstelle

William Gurstelle at Kinnernet, May 9, 2009
Residence Minnesota
Education University of Minnesota
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
Employer Make magazine

William Gurstelle (born 29 March 1956) is an American nonfiction author, magazine writer, and inventor. He is the author of several science “how-to” books published by Crown Books/Random House and Chicago Review Press. His best known books are Backyard Ballistics, which according to Newsweek Magazine, has sold more than 160,000 copies[1] and The Art of the Catapult. 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."

He is also contributing editor and regular columnist for Make Magazine.

Selected Bibliography

  • Gurstelle, William (2001). Backyard ballistics : build potato cannons, paper match rockets, Cincinnati fire kites, tennis ball mortars, and more dynamite devices. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 1556523750 9781556523755. OCLC 45861947.  
  • Gurstelle, William (2003). Building bots : designing and building warrior robots. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 1556524595 9781556524592. OCLC 301058633.  
  • Gurstelle, William (2004). The art of the catapult : build Greek ballistae, Roman onagers, English trebuchets, and more ancient artillery. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 1556525265 9781556525261 9781417643233 1417643234. OCLC 54529037.  
  • Gurstelle, William (2006). Adventures from the technology underground : catapults, pulsejets, rail guns, flamethrowers, tesla coils, air cannons and the garage warriors who love them. New York: Clarkson Potter. ISBN 1400050820 9781400050826. OCLC 61115533.  
  • Gurstelle, William (2007). Whoosh boom splat : the garage warrior's guide to building projectile shooters from potato cannons to pulsejets and beyond. New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0307339483 9780307339485. OCLC 70054192.  
  • Gurstelle, William (2009). Absinthe & flamethrowers : projects and ruminations on the art of living dangerously. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 9781556528224 1556528221. OCLC 273817829.  


  1. ^ Levy, Steven (Feb 13, 2006). "If Martha Stewart Were a Geek" (on-line reprint). Newsweek. Retrieved 19 August 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."  

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