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The Way Things Work

Macaulay, David

Book - 1988
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Way Things Work
Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines including a lawn sprinkler, pneumatic drill, electric guitar, and a smoke detector.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988
ISBN: 0395428572
Branch Call Number: 600 Mac
T47 .M18 1988
Characteristics: 384 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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Jan 24, 2015
  • ymwu05 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

awesome book!

Apr 21, 2011
  • mispelled rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I learned so much from this book. I could never quite completely understand how an automatic transmission works but it taught me about everything else from simple machines and computer logic to CD players and nuclear reactions. Almost like a primer on physics it goes through simple machines, light and waves, mechanics and uses lots of practical real world examples.

Very good for any child with a mechanical aptitude or any one who asks how something works. Hand drawn illustrations on about every page with frequent tiny Easter eggs and quips in the drawings.


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Jan 24, 2015
  • ymwu05 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ymwu05 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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