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The Way Things Work

Macaulay, David (Book - 1988)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Way Things Work
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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.
Authors: Macaulay, David
Title: The way things work
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988
Characteristics: 384 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Notes: Includes index
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0395428572
Branch Call Number: 600 Mac
T47 .M18 1988
Statement of Responsibility: David Macaulay
Subject Headings: Technology Juvenile literature Technology Popular works
Genre/Form: Boston Globe-Horn Book Award books
Topical Term: Technology
Technology
LCCN: 88011270
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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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