Marshall Brain's More How Stuff Works

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Overview

Have you ever wondered…
  • How an ATM verifies your identification and account information and dispenses cash in a matter of seconds?
  • What, if anything, is able to escape from a black hole?
  • Why workplace surveillance is becoming more common?
  • Whether human cloning is possible?

In this full-color follow-up to the bestselling How Stuff Works, Marshall Brain travels inside your computer, to the depths of diamond mines, across the African plains, and on board an Apache helicopter to explain the magic behind how stuff works. Based on the much-lauded Web site HowStuffWorks.com, this book is your A-to-Z guide to PDAs, MRIs, LEDs, and dozens of other intriguing topics! With More How Stuff Works, you’ll never again look the same way at a car wash, clothes dryer, or electronic scanner.

  • More than 125 captivating articles
  • Hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations
  • Fun facts and sidebars
  • A special chapter on "Police, Military, and Defense"

Praise for HowStuffWorks.com:

"A+"
–Washington Post Online

" Top 100 Classics."
–PC Magazine

"Best Science & Technology Resource."
–Yahoo!® InternetLife

"A-"
–Entertainment Weekly

"Great Site."
–MSNBC

"Super Site."
–TBS Superstation

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How do 3-D glasses work? How do urban legends spread? What makes artificial hearts tick? Each month, more than 2 million people visit Marshall Brain's HowStuffWorks.com to answer questions like this. Marshall Brain's More How Stuff Works provides solutions to these conundrums and more than 100 others. You need puzzle no more over black holes, encryption, cloning, or quicksand.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764567117
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshall Brain (yes, that's his real name!) is the founder of HowStuffWorks, Inc. A published author with more than a dozen books to his name, including How Stuff Works and How Much Does the Earth Weigh?, Marshall began HowStuffWorks.com 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 video, television, radio, books, CDs, and magazines. Marshall lives in Raleigh, N.C., with his wife Leigh, sons David, John, and Ian, and daughter Irena.
Lee Dempsey is a graphic designer at HowStuffWorks, Inc. Lee studied technical illustration at the University of Central England and has worked in the design environment for 10 years. This is the second HowStuffWorks book featuring Lee's illustrations. In addition to his print work, Lee also creates graphics for the HowStuffWorks Web site. Born in Lancashire, England, Lee now lives in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Table of Contents

Chapter One: LET'S PLAY.

Water Guns, Paintball, Yo-Yos, Wave Pools, Chess Computers, Video Game Systems, 3-D Glasses, Slot Machines, Billiard Tables, Pinball Machines, Karate, Bicycles.

Chapter Two: IN PUBLIC.

Water Towers, Bridges, Skyscrapers, Building Implosions, Automated Teller Machines, Pawnshops, UPC Bar Codes, Oil Refining, Landfills, Hydropower Plants, Red Light Cameras, Jumbo TV Screens, Car Washes.

Chapter Three: HEAVY EQUIPMENT.

Iron and Steel, Hydraulic Machines, the Jaws of Life, Backhoe Loaders, Skid Steer Loaders, Tower Cranes, Fire Engines, Escalators, Snow Makers, Oil Drilling.

Chapter Four: NATURE.

Hurricanes,Tornadoes, Floods, Lightning, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Wildfires, Rip Currents, Rainforests, Animal Camouflage, Venus Flytraps.

Chapter Five: SPACE.

Stars, the Sun, Solar Eclipses, Black Holes, Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, Weightlessness, Planet Hunting.

Chapter Six: SCIENCE.

Diamonds, Light, Light Bulbs, Fluorescent Lamps, Light Sticks, Lasers, Semiconductors, Light-Emitting Diodes, Solar Cells, Light Microscopes, Gene Pools, Cloning, Mummies.

Chapter Seven: HEALTH HELP.

Exercise, CPR, Emergency Rooms, Ultrasound, X-Ray Machines, CAT Scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), PET Scans, Corrective Lenses, Artificial Hearts.

Chapter Eight: AROUND THE HOUSE.

Aerosol Cans, Fire Extinguishers, Water Heaters, Washing Machines, Clothes Dryers, Septic Tanks, Sewing Machines, Vacuum Cleaners, Espresso Machines, Icemakers, Grills, Bug Zappers, Lock Picking, Nail Guns, Humidifiers, Plasma Displays.

Chapter Nine AROUND THE OFFICE.

Scanners, Photocopiers, Fax Machines, Offset Printing, Virtual Private Networks, Inkjet Printers, Surge Protectors, Personal Digital Assistants, CD Burners, Screensavers, Workplace Surveillance.

Chapter Ten INTERNET AND RADIO.

Instant Messaging, Encryption, Webcams, Radar, Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony, Radar Guns, Restaurant Pagers, Remote Entry, Electronic Article Surveillance Systems.

Chapter Eleven POLICE, MILITARY, AND DEFENSE.

Machine Guns, Night Vision, Body Armor, Military Camouflage, Gas Masks, Stun Guns, Flamethrowers, Grenades, Anti-Personnel Landmines, Apache Helicopters, Wiretapping, Lie Detectors, Metal Detectors, Nuclear Bombs.

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