Scientific American: How Things Work Today

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Biotechnology, computers, cell phones, and the Internet — they're all having a major impact on our lives as the twenty-first century begins. Surrounded by today's array of new technologies, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and bewildered. For more than a century, Scientific American has made the machines and technologies that make up our world understandable. In Scientific American: How Things Work Today you'll find over 100 topics explored in easy-to-understand text and made absolutely clear with the aid of more ...
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Overview

Biotechnology, computers, cell phones, and the Internet — they're all having a major impact on our lives as the twenty-first century begins. Surrounded by today's array of new technologies, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and bewildered. For more than a century, Scientific American has made the machines and technologies that make up our world understandable. In Scientific American: How Things Work Today you'll find over 100 topics explored in easy-to-understand text and made absolutely clear with the aid of more than 600 fully annotated, three-dimensional illustrations and color photographs.

Do you know where all those stairs on the escalator go when they get to the top? Did you know that every time you use a credit card the clerk bounces a signal off a satellite to get an okay for your purchase? Have you ever wondered how your e-mail gets from here to there? Or how the signal finds your cell phone when you're hundreds of miles from home? Scientific American knows, and in Scientific American: How Things Work Today, it tells and shows you how the world around you works, with three-dimensional illustrations, diagrams, and exploded views as well as up-to-the-minute color photographs. And the explanations are in the concise, understandable language that has made Scientific American the most successful popular science magazine in the world.

Scientific American has been the authoritative popular source of science information about how the world works for more than 150 years. Now, in the first book based on the magazine's popular "Working Knowledge" column, Scientific American reveals exactly how the wonders of themodern world work. Assembled by a team of professional science and technology writers, Scientific American: How Things Work Today shows the hidden workings of satellites, the Space Shuttle, subways, sewers, the Internet, electron microscopes, and many of the other systems and devices that help make our world what it is and us who we are. With lavish pictures, photographs, and hundreds of explanations to how our world works, this book is an essential addition to every family's library.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780375410239
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/31/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL WRIGHT studied natural sciences at Cambridge University and has been a freelance writer and editor in the areas of science, technology, and medicine for many years. He has also written on everything from health to horticulture, household pets to history, from food and drink to photography.

M. N. PATEL is an editor and writer specializing in science and technology. He studied natural, social, and political sciences at Cambridge University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Urban and Domestic Environment ... 10
Communications and Leisure ... 42
Transportation ... 106
Power and Industry ... 168
Medicine and Research ... 192
Space ... 234
Reference ... 256
Glossary ... 272
Index ... 281
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