9780395938478

The New Way Things Work

David Macaulay

ISBN 10: 0395938473 / 0-395-93847-3
ISBN 13: 9780395938478
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:
The information age is upon us, baffling us with thousands of complicated state-of-the-art technologies. To help make sense of the computer age, David Macaulay brings us The New Way Things Work. This completely updated and expanded edition describes twelve new machines and includes more than seventy new pages detailing the latest innovations. With an entirely new section that guides us through the complicated world of digital machinery, where masses of electronic information can be squeezed onto a single tiny microchip, this revised edition embraces all of the newest developments, from cars to watches. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained--with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.

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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 favorite 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 junior 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 carburetor, 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 wooly 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 zippers and plows, 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. (All ages) --Karin Snelson

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Book Description: HMH Books for Young Readers, 1998. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Contents 1-5 Prelim Pages PART ONE: THE MECHANICS OF MOVEMENT 6-9 TITLE, CONTENTS, INTRODUCTIONS 10-17 THE INCLINED PLANE Locks and keys; cutting machines; can opener; plough; zipper 18-29 LEVERS Includes: lever in action; weighing machines; grand piano; manual typewriter; firefighters ladder 30-35 WHEEL AND AXLE Wheel and axle at work; waterwheel; turbine; windmill; wind turbine; dentist's drill. 36-53 GEARS AND BELTS Includes: gear box; mechanical clocks; differential; lawn sprinkler; cams and cranks; sewing machine. 54-61 PULLEYS Chain hoist; counterweights; block and tackle; tower crane; escalator; lift. 62-69 SCREWS Screws at work; tap; drills and augers; combine harvester. 70-77 ROTATING WHEELS Gyroscope, starter motor; roller blind; car seat belt 78-81 SPRINGS Stapler; car suspension 82-89 FRICTION Clutch; synchromesh; car brakes; oil rig; freedom from friction; perpetual motion. PART TWO: HARNESSING THE ELEMENTS 90-93 TITLE, CONTENTS, INTRODUCTION 94-105 FLOATING Submersible; submarine; passenger boat; wind surfer; yacht; airship; hot-air balloon. 106-119 FLYING Includes: airplane; airliner wing; helicopter; jump-jet; hydrofoil 120-141 PRESSURE POWER Includes: pumps; pneumatic drill; hydraulics; power steering; suction; carburetor; fuel injection. 142-163 EXPLOITING HEAT Includes: heat waves; combustion engines; blast furnace; electric heater; toaster; refrigerator. 164-173 NUCLEAR POWER Nuclear fission; nuclear fusion; nuclear weapons; fallout; nuclear reactor; fusion power. PART THREE: WORKING WITH WAVES 174-177 TITLE, CONTENTS, INTRODUCTION 178-197 LIGHT AND IMAGES Includes: lighting; light bulb; mirrors; endoscope; lenses; telescopes; liquid crystals; holograms. 198-207 PHOTOGRAPHY Includes: cameras; color photograph; photo booth; movie camera; movie projector. 208-217 PRINTING Papermaking; printing plates; printing press; bookbinding. 218-233 SOUND AND MUSIC Woodwind instruments; brass instruments; string instruments; percussion instruments; microphone; synthesizer; electric guitar; mixer; amplifier; loudspeakers; earphones; record player; tape recorder. 234-253 TELECOMMUNICATIONS Telephone; radio transmitter; radio receiver; radio signals; television camera; camcorder; video recorder; television set; satellites; space telescope; radio telescope; satellite dish; space probes. PART FOUR: ELECTRICITY AND AUTOMATION 254-257 TITLE, CONTENTS, INTRODUCTION 258-273 ELECTRICITY Includes: photocopier; air cleaner; ionizer; lightning conductor; quartz clock; self-winding watch; electric circuit; batteries; solar cell, remote control unit. 274-289 MAGNETISM Includes: magnets at work; electric bell; electric horn; maglev train; disc drive; electric generator; transformer; power supply; car ignition system. 290-309 SENSORS AND DETECTORS Includes: seismograph; air bag; autopilot; breath tester; smoke detector; X-rays; sonar; ultrasound; scanner; radar; metal detector; automatic doors; advanced burglar alarms; body scanner; automatic transmission; cruise control. NEW SECTION PART FIVE: THE DIGITAL DOMAIN 310-373 TITLE, CONTENTS, INTRODUCTION The Digital Domain will consist of five main sections: Forming Bits; Storing Bits; Processing Bits; Sending Bits; Using Bits. All of the following topics will be covered within these five sections: ANALOG/DIGITAL SYSTEMS Binary code; digital pictures; analog. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0395938473

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