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La Science Amusante by Tom Tit
 
'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit (real name Arthur Good) was published in three volumes in Paris by Librairie Larousse during the years 1890, 1892 and 1893. Each volume is a collection of articles, mainly of scientific experiments using everyday objects, which had been previously published in the French magazine L'Illustration. Michel Grand has kindly provided the issue nos and dates of some of these earlier publications.

The complete volumes can be accessed at

Volume 1: La science amusante: 100 expériences (1890)

Volume 2: La science amusante, Deuxième série: 100 nouvelles expériences (1892)

Volume 3: La science amusante, Troisième série: 100 nouvelles expériences (1893)

by clicking on the cover illustrations.

A volume of extracts from the second and third series (which also contains a small amount of additional material) was published in English in London in 1918 by T. Nelson & Sons under the title of 'Scientific Amusements', translated and edited by C G Knott.

Illustrations from those articles in the original volumes which make use of, or refer to, paperfolding in some way are shown below.

From Volume 1 (1890)

The Newspaper Hat

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Paper Flights

No information on original issue or publication date available

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How to Climb Through A Playing Card

No information on original issue or publication date available

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From Volume 2 (1892)

Making an Accurate Right Angle

Originally published in L'Illustration 2511 of 11th April 1891

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Folding an Equilateral Triangle and Regular Hexagon

Originally published in L'Illustration 2513 of 25th April 1891

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The Pentagonal Knot and the See-Through Pentagram

Originally published in L'Illustration 2527 of 1st August 1891

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How to Show that the Angles of a Triangle Sum to 180 Degrees

Originally published in L'Illustration 2483 of 27th September 1890

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The Newspaper Ladder

Originally published in L'Illustration 2505 of 28th February 1891

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How to Scribe an Oval with Compasses

No information on original issue or publication date available

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Using a Paper Funnel to Create A Stack of Liquids

No information on original issue or publication date available

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Fold, Cut and Fold Figures

Originally published in L'Illustration 2507 of 14th March 1891

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From Volume 3 (1893)

Flattening a Mobius Band into a Regular Hexagon

Originally published in L'Illustration 2588 of 1st October 1892

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The Fold and One Cut Pentagram

Originally published in L'Illustration 2541 of 7th November 1891

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The Ring of Five Pentagonal Knots

Originally published in L'Illustration 2613 of 26th March 1893

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Big Coin Through A Small Hole Magic Trick

Originally published in L'Illustration 2571 of 4th June 1892

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Tetrahedron from a Tube

Originally published in L'Illustration 2643 of 21st October 1893

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Largest Envelope from a Square

Originally published in L'Illustration 2617 of 22nd April 1893

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The Propellor

Originally published in L'Illustration 2608 of 18th February 1893

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The Fold and One Cut Ladder

Originally published in L'Illustration 2563 of 9th April 1892

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How to Draw a Rectangle with Diagonals Using One Continuous Line

Originally published in L'Illustration 2564 of 16th April 1892

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Opening and Closing a Paper Flower Using a Soap Bubble

No information on original issue or publication date available

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Le Canotier - A Figure Made from Vesta Matches and Folded Paper

Originally published in L'Illustration 2554 of 6th February 1892

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