Synopses & Reviews
It has been twenty-six years since the publication of CATHEDRAL. David Macaulay's first book, CATHEDRAL, introduced readers around the world to his unique gift for presenting architecture and technology in simple terms, and for demystifying even the most complex of concepts. CATHEDRAL received a Caldecott Honor Medal and is now considered a classic. BUILDING THE BOOK CATHEDRAL includes the content of CATHEDRAL in its entirety. Here Macaulay traces the evolution of his creative process in "building" that first book, from the initial concept to the finished drawings. He introduces the basic elements of structure and sequence and explains why one angle of a drawing may be better for conveying an idea than another. He describes how perspective, scale, and contrast can be used to connect a reader with concepts, and how placement of a picture on a page can make a difference in the way information is communicated. Building the Book Cathedral provides an opportunity to examine Macaulay's unique problem-solving skills as he looks back over two and a half decades at the book that launched his distinguished career.
David Macaulay's masterpiece comes to new life. In this first ever stand-alone full color edition, retrace the intricate step-by-step process of cathedral's construction in light of newly researched information.
In this first-ever standalone full-color edition, retrace the intricate step-by-step process of a cathedral's construction in light of newly researched information. This richly illustrated book shows the intricate step-by-step process of a cathedral's growth.
This title has been selected as a Common Core text exemplar (Grades 6 - 8, Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Studies).
This richly illustrated book shows the intricate step-by-step process of an imaginary cathedral's growth.
Readers worldwide recognize Caldecott Medal winner David Macaulay's imaginary Cathedral of Chutreaux. This critically acclaimed book has been translated into a dozen languages and remains a classic of children's literature and a touchstone for budding architects. Cathedral'
s numerous awards include a prestigious Caldecott Honor and designation as a New York Times
Best Illustrated Book of the Year for Macaulay's intricate pen-and-ink illustrations.
Journey back to centuries long ago and visit the fictional people of twelfth-, thirteenth-, and fourteenth-century Europe whose dreams, like Cathedral, stand the test of time.
This title has been selected as a Common Core text exemplar (Grades 6-8, Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Studies).
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.
David Macaulay takes us on a visual journey through a city's various support systems by exposing a typical section of the underground network and explaining how it works. We see a network of walls, columns, cables, pipes and tunnels required to satisfy the basic needs of a city's inhabitants.
Through concise text and richly detailed black and white illustrations we come to know the philosophy of life and death in ancient Egypt.
An author and artist who has continually stripped away the mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated modern people, David Macaulay here reveals the methods and materials used to design and construct a mosque in late-sixteenth- century Turkey. Through the fictional story and Macaulayand#8217;s distinctive full-color illustrations, readers will learn not only how such monumental structures were built but also how they functioned in relation to the society they served.
As always, Macaulay has given a great deal of attention to the relationship between pictures and text, creating another brilliant celebration of an architectural wonder.
The word itself conjures up mystery, romance, intrigue, and grandeur. What could be more perfect for an author/illustrator who has continually stripped away the mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated modern man? With typical zest and wry sense of humor punctuating his drawings, David Macaulay traces the step-by-step planning and construction of both castle and town.
Following in the tradition he established with Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction and in the many books he has published in the thirty years since, David Macaulay provides explanations of the how and the why in a way that is both accessible and entertaining. His work has earned numerous accolades, including a Caldecott Medal, two Caldecott Honors, and a MacArthur Grant, and many fans around the globe. With Mosque, he turns his talents toward the magnificent structures of the Ottoman Empire.
This new bookand#8212;inspired by three classic, award-winning booksand#8212;reveals the how and why behind some of the most fascinating and enduring structures humankind has ever created. Macaulay has revised texts based on new research, created gorgeous new drawings, in some cases wholly re-imagined scenes from the booksand#8212;bringing Castle and Cathedral to life in full-color for the very first time. The resulting illustrations add to the readerand#8217;s understanding of these buildings, capturing intriguing new perspectives and a depth of detail in structure and atmosphere.
This impeccably researched volume is not only a necessary addition to the bookshelf of any David Macaulay or architecture fan, but will delight readers of all ages who are experiencing his work for the first time.
Albert and his trusty mare, June, set off early on market day to sell their melons in town, thus beginning a mysterious chain of events in a thought-provoking journey that ex-poses ordinary life as an intricate sequence of action and reaction.
The mills at Wicksbridge are imaginary, but their planning, construction, and operation are quite typical of mills developed in New England throughout the nineteenth century.
This fictional account of the dismantling and removal of the Empire State Building describes the structure of a skyscraper and explains how such an edifice would be demolished.
A pigeon carrying an important message takes the reader on a unique tour through Rome. As we follow the path of this somewhat wayward bird, we discover that Rome is a place where past and present live side by side. It is a city that has been recycling itself for two thousand years, but unlike a museum, Rome displays its remarkable history without respect for chronology. A new electric bus travels over cobblestone streets just ten feet above the floor of an ancient stadium. Inscriptions from tombs and temples share wall space with neon. Every time a corner is turned there is a surprise, just as every turn of the page brings a new perspective. This juxtaposition of ancient and modern, as seen with David Macaulay's ingenious vision, gives the reader an imaginative and informative journey through this wondrous city.
A wonderous portfolio that has to be seen to be savored-or even believed for that matter. Here are the plans for the Tower of Pisa-on a skewed drafting table, the Eiffel Tower tipped over across from the Seine, the ruins of a McDonald's stand following some future Vesuvius, the disastrous meeting of the Great and Lesser Walls of China, and many other gems.
Text and black and white illustrations show how the Romans planned and constructed their cities for the people who lived within them.
In this comprehensive and entertaining resource, David Macaulay reveals the inner workings of the human body as only he could. In order to present this complicated subject in an accurate and entertaining way, he put in years of research. He sat in on anatomy classes, dissections, and even reached inside the rib cages of two cadavers to compare their spleen sizes. He observed numerous surgeries, including a ten-hour procedure where a diseased pancreas was removed, as well as one where a worn-out old knee was replaced by a brand new one. This hands-on investigation gives Macaulay a unique perspective to lead his readers on a visual journey through the workings of the human body.
The seven sections within the book take us from the cells that form our foundation to the individual systems they build. Each beautifully illustrated spread details different aspects of our complex structure, explaining the function of each and offering up-close glimpses, unique cross-sections and perspectives, and even a little humor along the way.
This one-of-a-kind book can serve as a reference for children, families, teachers, and anyone who has questions about how his or her body works. When readers see how David Macaulay builds a body and explains the way it works, they will come away with a new appreciation of the amazing world inside them.
It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Imagine, then, the excitement that Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist at best, experienced when in crossing the perimeter of an abandoned excavation site he felt the ground give way beneath him and found himself at the bottom of a shaft, which, judging from the DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging from an archaic doorknob, was clearly the entrance to a still-sealed burial chamber. Carson's incredible discoveries, including the remains of two bodies, one of then on a ceremonial bed facing an altar that appeared to be a means of communicating with the Gods and the other lying in a porcelain sarcophagus in the Inner Chamber, permitted him to piece together the whole fabric of that extraordinary civilization.
Why this shape and not that? Why steel instead of concrete or stone? Why put it here and not over there? These are the kinds of questions that David Macaulay asks himself when he observes an architectural wonder. These questions take him back to the basic process of design from which all structures begin, from the realization of a need for the structure to the struggles of the engineers and designers to map out and create the final construction.
As only he can, David Macaulay engages readersand#8217; imaginations and gets them thinking about structures they see and use every day and#8212; bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, domes, and dams. In Building Big he focuses on the connections between the planning and design problems and the solutions that are finally reached. Whether a structure is imposing or inspiring, he shows us that common sense and logic play just as important a part in architecture as imagination and technology do. As always, Macaulay inspires readers of all ages to look at their world in a new way.
Four stories are told simultaneously, with each double-page spread divided into quadrants. The stories do not necessarily take place at the same moment in time, but are they really one story?
About the Author
David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given "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. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.
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