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Charles Floyd (Illustrations); Rick Barnes & Roxanne Reid (Phtographers) New York, NY 2001 Hard Cover First Edition, First Printing New-Collectible in New jacket BRAND NEW COPY ... w/trace dustjacket wear. First Edition, First Printing. Compendium of technological and scientifc relevant to modern life. Covering some 135 topics from toasters to DVD players and cell phones; all stuff interesting to know. 7 pregnant chapers: 1, In the Air; 2, Power Up! ; 3, On the Road; 4, Science 101; 5, Of Microprocessors, Mice & Men; 6, Unweaving the Web; 7, Picture Perfect; 8, Now Hear This; 9, Around the House; 10, It's All About You! ; and 11, Just for Fun. Read more Show Less

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"A+" —Entertainment Weekly

1999 50 Best of the Web —Popular Science Magazine

Best of the Web 2000 —Forbes Magazine

"A+" —Washington Post Online

Pick of the Week —Yahoo!

Super Site —TBS Superstation

1999 Reference Site of the Year —

Have you ever wondered...

  • How helicopters are able to fly sideways?
  • Why you crave chocolate and caffeine?
  • What stops a car when you step on the break pedal?
  • Where email messages go after you press the Send button?
In this definitive, generously illustrated guide, Marshall Brain and the experts at the award-winning Web site explain the magic behind everyday items and processes. You'll learn what the Internet really is, how airplanes stay up and submarines stay down, what GPS is and why you might need it, and how a whole film can be captured on a tiny DVD.

With this eye-opening book, you'll never look at a toaster, cell phone, or tattoo parlor the same way again!

  • Hundreds of full-color illustrations and photos showing step-by-step images of how stuff works.
  • More than 135 informative articles show you how the items you use every day work.
  • All explained in Marshall Brain's trademark down-to-earth voice.
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Entertaining text and whimsical yet accurate illustrations makes this a wonderful browsing book for the curious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764565182
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: How Stuff Works Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshall Brain (yes, that is his real name!) is the founder and CEO of HowStuffWorks, Inc. A published author with more than a dozen books to his name, including the popular The Teenager's Guide to the Real World, Marshall began as a hobby—a way to learn more about the world and to share that knowledge with online readers. Today, the company has expanded to include magazines, kids clubs, and book. Marshall lives just outside Raleigh, NC, with his wife Leigh, son David, and daughter Irena.
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Table of Contents

Chapter One: In the Air.

Chapter Two: Power Up!

Chapter Three: On the Road.

Chapter Four: Science 101.

Chapter Five: Of Microprocessors, Mice and Modems.

Chapter Six: Unweaving the Web.

Chapter Seven: Picture Perfect.

Chapter Eight: Now Hear This.

Chapter Nine: Around the House.

Chapter Ten: It's All About You!

Chapter Eleven: Just For Fun.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2002

    Enormuos good book

    I enjoyed in every single line while reading that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    Great informational book

    This is a great informational book, it has a lot of good facts, and you might even learn how to build a few things (like firecrackers for example!).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001


    Getting bored on a holiday? Got that curious itch that you can't satisfy? Wanna impress your friends? Your girlfriend? Wanna feel like Einstein? Well - cut out the last one :) This book is outstanding. If you've seen the site (and you must have if you are here) then this is even better because nothing can give more pleasure than turning the page and reading the stuff you want to. Waiting for downloads is a pain! This book recreates the magic of the website and the illustrations are excellent. Very educational and intuitive. Obviously you will miss the animation but you really do not miss it! For the lay reader, the curious or the mechanically challenged this is highly recommended. I was lucky to get my hands on the book before it hit the bookshelves (don't ask how!) and I have been spending an hour at least every night before I sleep. You know what? I do feel like Einstein!

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