How Is Silly Putty Made?

Answer James Wright created Silly Putty by accident in 1943. He worked in General Electric's New Haven laboratory as an engineer. He was trying to create an inexpensive substitute for synthetic rubber. In... Read More »

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What did the astronauts use silly putty for?

The Apollo 8 astronauts used Silly Putty carried in a special silver egg "to alleviate boredom and to help secure tools during the weightless period," according to a Silly Putty company fact sheet.... Read More »

What state of matter is silly putty?

The three states of matter taught in science class are solid, liquid, and gas. Silly Putty is a substance that is not so easy to classify since it exhibits properties of both a solid and a liquid. ... Read More »

What is the chemical composition of Silly Putty?

Silly Putty, whose grownup name is Dow Corning 3179 Dilatant Compound, is composed of 65 percent dimethyl siloxane, 17 percent silica, 9 percent Thixotrol ST, 4 percent polydimethylsiloxane, and 1 ... Read More »

What year was Silly Putty invented?

According to the official Silly Putty website, Silly Putty was invented in 1943 by a Scottish engineer named James Wright. The compound was originally referred to as "bouncing putty" and received t... Read More »