The New Way Things Work
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The New Way Things Work

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by David Macaulay
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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From the Publisher
"The Way Things Work is not the only book that has tried to explain modern mysteries, but it's the best. Macaulay's explanations are lucid; they are also fun. He includes visual puns, running jokes, a cast of thousands of tiny participants in on and around the machines, choirs of angels and lots of big woolly mammoths." Boston Globe

"Keep the book a secret from your kids for a while and study up on the explanations of questions you're anticipating. Let Macaulay make you look smarter than you think you are. The kids will certainly be impressed - and you'll be getting a real education in the bargain." The Los Angeles Times

"The Way Things Work is a superb achievement. It is a very handsome book, a fascinating collection of riddles and a sound educational accomplishment that, while explaining in words and pictures - mostly pictures - some of the mysteries of physics, makes you smile, and often laugh. The author is honest enough to say that the book was intended for children of all ages, and brilliant enough to make all its readers feel brighter than they ever thought they could be." The New York Times

"This is a work of mammoth imagination, energy, and humor. It justifies every critic's belief that information and entertainment are not mutually exclusive - good nonfiction is storytelling at its best." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"Combining the tongue-in-cheek observations of a budding prehistoric engineer with acute descriptions of the functioning of mechanical and electrical machines, Macaulay has produced a superb volume.... Macaulay's unusual ability to focus, distill, organize, and convey information through his art has never been so impressively displayed." Horn Book, Starred

"An astonishing tour-de-force, three years in the making, by the architect-turned-author who has given us Cathedral and City...Large, clear, complete drawings...contain unexpected little details providing hours of enlightenment and discovery." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

"A book to be treasured as both a browsing item and as a gold mine of reference information." School Library Journal, Starred

New York Times Book Review
The Way Things Work is a superb achievement. It is a very handsome book, a fascinating collection of riddles and a sound educational accomplishment that, while explaining in words and pictures -- mostly pictures- - some of the mysteries of physics, makes you smile, and often laugh. The author is honest enough to say that the book was intended for children of all ages, and brilliant enough to make all its readers feel brighter than they ever thought they could be.
Boston Globe

The Way Things Work is not the only book that has tried to explain modern mysteries, but it's the best. Macaulay's explanations are lucid; they are also fun. He includes visual puns, running jokes, a cast of thousands of tiny participants in on and around the machines, choirs of angels and lots of big woolly mammoths.

Horn Book Magazine

Combining the tongue-in-cheek observations of a budding prehistoric engineer with acute descriptions of the functioning of mechanical and electrical machines, Macaulay has produced a superb volume....Macaulay's unusual ability to focus, distill, organize, and convey information through his art has never been so impressively displayed.

Los Angeles Times
Keep the book a secret from your kids for a while and study up on the explanations of questions you're anticipating. Let Macaulay make you look smarter than you think you are. The kids will certainly be impressed -- and you'll be getting a real education in the bargain.
VOYA - Joyce Yen
Society is bombarded by the advancements of the digital age-the Internet, e-mail, virtual reality, and even shopping for groceries have taken us into the digital era. How do these things work? Find out here. The woolly mammoth returns to help readers understand gadgets from cameras to compact discs, from the dishwasher to zippers, from fire extinguishers to bookbinding, and everything in between. Twelve new machines and over seventy new pages have been added to this new edition. The New Way Things Works contains the four original sections and one entirely new section, "The Digital Domain," which uses pumpkins to describe the binary system and other basics of digital technology. The woolly mammoth meets Bill, his guide through the digital domain, and is invited through Bill's gates to experience digital technology. Macaulay clearly gives commentary on the pervasiveness of Bill's empire in the introduction to each chapter of the Digital Domain section, and in the epilogue. Commentary aside, the woolly mammoth brings himself as well as the readers up to date on the latest technology since 1988. Fascinating and fun to read, this book takes the most complicated device and breaks it down to the bare basics. Colorful, detailed, and carefully labeled illustrations enhance the written explanations. Cutaway illustrations provide a unique perspective on the machines and devices. This superb book can be appreciated by readers of all ages; anyone who has every wondered about any gadget, or who just wants to understand how something works, will love it. Many mysteries can be unraveled. A section called "Eureka!" gives short synopses and illustrations of key inventions and contains a comprehensive index. Follow the adventures of the woolly mammoth to discover the way things work! Glossary. Index. Illus. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being better written, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12 and adults).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395938478
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
71,922
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

A mammoth was returning from a long vacation when he happened upon a wall covered with highly sophisticated microchips and things. As a confirmed analog creature from way back, the mammoth had little time for these charmless contraptions. In fact had it not been for the banners atop the wall, each of which was emblazoned with the international symbol for fresh swamp grass, he would have never ever slowed down. But swamp grass is swamp grass no matter who's paying. With drool already collecting at the end of his trunk, he headed for the velvet curtain and entered the Digital Domain.

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"The Way Things Work is not the only book that has tried to explain modern mysteries, but it's the best. Macaulay's explanations are lucid; they are also fun. He includes visual puns, running jokes, a cast of thousands of tiny participants in on and around the machines, choirs of angels and lots of big woolly mammoths." Boston Globe

"Keep the book a secret from your kids for a while and study up on the explanations of questions you're anticipating. Let Macaulay make you look smarter than you think you are. The kids will certainly be impressed - and you'll be getting a real education in the bargain." The Los Angeles Times

"The Way Things Work is a superb achievement. It is a very handsome book, a fascinating collection of riddles and a sound educational accomplishment that, while explaining in words and pictures - mostly pictures - some of the mysteries of physics, makes you smile, and often laugh. The author is honest enough to say that the book was intended for children of all ages, and brilliant enough to make all its readers feel brighter than they ever thought they could be." The New York Times

"This is a work of mammoth imagination, energy, and humor. It justifies every critic's belief that information and entertainment are not mutually exclusive - good nonfiction is storytelling at its best." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"Combining the tongue-in-cheek observations of a budding prehistoric engineer with acute descriptions of the functioning of mechanical and electrical machines, Macaulay has produced a superb volume.... Macaulay's unusual ability to focus, distill, organize, and convey information through his art has never been so impressively displayed." Horn Book, Starred

"An astonishing tour-de-force, three years in the making, by the architect-turned-author who has given us Cathedral and City...Large, clear, complete drawings...contain unexpected little details providing hours of enlightenment and discovery." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

"A book to be treasured as both a browsing item and as a gold mine of reference information." School Library Journal, Starred

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