National Geographic: How Things Workby John Langone, National Science Resources Center Staff, Pete Samek (Artist), Andy Christie (Artist), Bryan Christie (Artist)
How Things Work: Everyday Technology Explained, a fascinating and clearly written volume that helps us understand the mechanisms and principles behind technology's workaday machines, processes, and systems. Not a science textbook or a fix-it manual, this comprehensive reference satisfies our innate curiosity by verbally and graphically disassembling everyday technological wonders and, where necessary, painlessly folding in the basic scientific principles that make each of them work.
From the familiar---clocks and locks, planes and trains, calculators, elevators, and escalators---to the not so familiar---a maglev train, a waveform generator that makes music, night vision scopes, "smart" clothes and "smart" buildings, a dredger that can build an island, and a neurosurgical robot--it's all here, accompanied by some 400 illustrations, neatly arranged in 11 chapters that cover every important technological category: home basics, power, construction, transportation, agriculture, textiles, entertainment, industry, health, communication, and the lens technologies used in microscopes and telescopes.
Stand-alone spreads welcome browsers with succinct text, stunning photographs, and scientific diagrams of things we ordinarily take for granted.
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