A Field Guide to Roadside Technology

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9781556526091: A Field Guide to Roadside Technology

This fascinating handbook answers the questions of anyone who has ever wondered about the many strange devices found along the roadside, from utility poles to satellite dishes. Devices are grouped according to their habitats—along highways and roads, atop buildings, near airports, and on utility towers. More than 150 different roadside technologies are covered, and each detailed entry describes what the device does, how it works, and also includes a photograph for easy identification. With helpful sidebars describing related technical issues such as why stoplights are constructed with the red light on top, this handbook for curious readers provides carefully detailed descriptions and the history behind many of the devices that roadside travelers take for granted.

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Ed Sobey is the author of several hands-on science books, including Inventing Toys and Loco-Motion.

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Adult/High School–For those travelers who have ever wondered what certain poles, signs, wires, markings, pipes, and other devices that line our streets, highways, and interstates are called and what functions they serve, this is the perfect book. More than 150 individual items, grouped in categories, are identified and concisely and understandably explained, often citing their unique characteristics and interesting facts. A small black-and-white photo of each device is included. The text is sufficiently detailed without being overly technical, and the information is often of that Wow, I never knew that variety. So if your readers want to know what a splice box is and how it works, or a traffic counter, radar gun, audible crossing signal, step-up transformer, or even a pump-and-stem-pipe flood-irrigation system, this book is for them. It is fun, informative, and easy to use.–Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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