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How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippersby Sharon Rose and Neil Schlager
Synopses & Reviews
For anyone, young or old, who has ever wondered, "How do they make those?" ? here is an entertaining, illustrated exploration of the process behind the manufacture of everyday items.
What are bulletproof vests made of? How do they get lipstick into the tube? How much brass does it take to make a trumpet? The answers ? and so much more fascinating information — can be found in How Things are Made, a behind-the-machine look at everyday objects of all kinds, from guitars, helicopters, and compact discs to lawn mowers, running shoes, and chocolate. Each page of How Things are Made features informative, step-by-step text along with detailed illustrations, diagrams, and sidebars to tell the stories behind the things we sometimes take for granted but often wonder about. Did you know that Edison didn't really invent the light bulb? Or that the first bar code was on a pack of Wrigley Spearmint gum? Find out these answers and much more in How Things are Made, which has a cover made of real denim with a pocket.
Book News Annotation:
An alphabetically arranged encyclopedia describing the manufacturing details behind a wide range of items that modern industrial society depends upon every day, including chocolate. Each item includes invention and sales statistics; an item description; patent history; design; function; materials; manufacturing; quality control; and the future of the item. First published in 1995 by U.X.L., an imprint of Gale Research Inc. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Looks at how a variety of objects, including blue jeans, compact discs, pencils, and smoke detectors, are manufactured.
How Things are Made reveals the mysteries behind popular foods and comfortable clothes, complex machinery and creative conviences. The items selected represent progress and fashion trends that influence industry, transportation, music, diet, entertainment and lifestyle. Detailed, step-by-step descriptions of processes, simple explanations of technical terms and concepts, and helpful illustrations and photographs highlight each entry.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 280-287).
About the Author
Sharon Rose is a business consultant and is constantly taking things apart and rebuilding them in her free time. She lives in Redmond, Washington.
Neil Schlager is a chemical engineer who has run factories in Nashville, Tennessee; Winnipeg, Canada; and Bahrain. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
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