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The New Way Things Workby David Macaulay
Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the 1991 Caldecott Medal for Black and White, author-illustrator David Macaulay has more than demonstrated his playful humor, imagination, and technical know-how in over fifteen books for children. His greatest success so far, though, has been the The Way Things Work, which spent fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Fascinating and lushly illustrated, this tome explained in the most informative and humorous manner how things work — from the zipper to the remote control to the fire extinguisher. The New Way Things Work is an expanded version of this popular book. Updated to keep pace with technological developments, it has an added 80 pages on "The Digital Domain." Fans of the original, though, shouldn't fear — woolly mammoths still scamper through the pages guided by flocks of angels, and the visual puns abound. The New Way Things Work should be essential for any family's library, enlightening and entertaining to adults and children alike. Georgie, Powells.com
Caldecott Medalist David Macaulay demystifies the digital age and steers readers successfully into the 21st century in this completely updated and expanded edition of his bestselling "The Way Things Work."
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.
About the Author
David Macaulay is the author and illustrator of many exciting and unusual books for readers of all ages, including the international bestseller The New Way Things Work; Caldecott Medal-winner Black and White, and Caldecott Honor Award-winners Castle and Cathedral; and Building Big, the companion book to the successful PBS Series. Other awards he has received include the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, the Washington Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, and a Dutch Silver Slate Pencil Award. In 2006 he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given to "to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations." Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. A graduate of and former teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mr. Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.Neil Ardley has written more than 100 books on science and technology. His skill at demystifying modern technology and explaining science with simple and exciting activities has made many of his books very popular. A man of diverse interests, Neil Ardley is also an accomplished musician and jazz composer and has produced a number of music books and records. At home in the Peak District, England, Neil Ardley combines writing and music with walking.
Table of 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.
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-digital conversion; microchip
COMPUTER Includes: mouse; keyboard; scanner; voice recognition; memory; floppy disk; hard disk; ROM; RAM; CD-ROM; processor; operating system; monitor; printers; sound; modem; e-mail; Internet; fiber optics.
COMMUNICATION Includes: fax machine and fax card; digital telephone; mobile phone.
ENTERTAINMENT Includes: digital radio; digital TV and video; compact disc; digital sound.
OTHER DIGITAL SYSTEMS Electronic money and banking; digital security; digital camera; automatic camera; bar-code reader; GPS portable navigator; virtual reality, simulator; robot.
An easy to use, illustrated survey of key inventions from the ax to the micro-chip, in chronological order.
390-395 TECHNICAL TERMS
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