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The New Way Things Work Hardcover – 14 Jan 2000


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); Revised edition edition (14 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395938473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395938478
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.2 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Is it a fact--or have I dreamt it--that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?" If you, like Nathaniel Hawthorne, are kept up at night wondering about how things work--from electricity to can openers--then you and your favourite kids shouldn't be a moment longer without David Macaulay's The New Way Things Work. The award-winning author-illustrator--a former architect and high school teacher--is perfectly poised to be the Great Explainer of the whirrings and whizzings of the world of machines, a talent that landed the 1988 version of The Way Things Work on the New York Times bestsellers list for 50 weeks. Grouping machines together by the principles that govern their actions rather than by their uses, Macaulay helps us understand in a heavily visual, humorous, unerringly precise way what gadgets such as a toilet, a carburettor and a fire extinguisher have in common.

The New Way Things Work boasts a richly illustrated 80-page section that wrenches us all (including the curious, bumbling woolly mammoth who ambles along with the reader) into the digital age of modems, digital cameras, compact disks, bits, and bytes. Readers can glory in gears in "The Mechanics of Movement," investigate flying in "Harnessing the Elements," demystify the sound of music in "Working with Waves," marvel at magnetism in "Electricity & Automation," and examine e-mail in "The Digital Domain." An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zips and ploughs, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay demystifies them all. (Ages 9 to adult) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a nice gift for someone who likes to know how things work. The illustrations are entertaining and the digital section is also very informative. Probably a good book for parents with children who ask "why?"a lot of the time!
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By michael_murray44@hotmail.com on 10 April 2001
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This is an excellent piece of software. It can be used for whole class demonstration, small group exploration or extended exercises to stretch better pupils. I have also used it to enable pupils who have been absent to catch up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Horia Constantin on 28 Jan. 2014
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It has loads of technical words, but is nice to observe how things evolved. I don't even know those words in my native language, let alone in English.
Everything is connected and the author illustrates that in a interesting way. When it's not too technical :D. But the mammoth theme is hilarious!
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