The Way to Go: Moving by Sea, Land, and Air

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With stunning visuals and encyclopedic insight, the author of The Heights and The Works reveals how humans move across the globe

In our digital age, it’s easy to forget that almost everything we enjoy about modern life depends on motion. We ride in cars and on buses and trains to work; enjoy food shipped over oceans; fly high in the sky to any point on the planet. Over the last century, the world has come to rely on its ability to move just about anywhere effortlessly. But what ...

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Overview

With stunning visuals and encyclopedic insight, the author of The Heights and The Works reveals how humans move across the globe

In our digital age, it’s easy to forget that almost everything we enjoy about modern life depends on motion. We ride in cars and on buses and trains to work; enjoy food shipped over oceans; fly high in the sky to any point on the planet. Over the last century, the world has come to rely on its ability to move just about anywhere effortlessly. But what prompted this transformation? What inventions allowed it to happen? And how do the vehicles and networks that keep us in motion today—airports, trains, cars, and satellites—really work?

Exploring how the world moves is the task of Kate Ascher’s The Way to Go: Moving Through Sea, Land, and Air. Lusciously illustrated and meticulously researched, The Way to Go reveals the highly complex technologies that underpin global transportation. How do airplanes and rockets get up into the sky? What really happens under the hood of a car or in the cables above a streetcar? How do submarines generate enough air to stay underwater for so long? What makes high-speed trains move so fast? How can airplanes land on ships at sea? What allows bridges to stand? How do driverless trains work?

Focusing on the machines that underpin our lives, Ascher’s The Way to Go also introduces the networks that keep those machines in business— the emergency communication systems that connect ships at sea, the automated tolling systems that maintain the flow of highway traffic, the air control system that keeps planes from colliding in the sky. Equally fascinating are the technologies behind these networks: baggage tag readers that make sure people’s bags go where they need to; automated street lights that adjust their timing based on traffic flow; GPS systems that allow us all to know where we’re going. Together these technologies move more people farther, faster, and with less effort than at any other time in history.

As our lives and our businesses become more entwined with others’ across the globe, there has never been a better time to understand how transportation works. Indispensable and unforgettable, Kate Ascher’s The Way to Go is a gorgeous graphic guide to a world moving as never before.

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Perhaps it is only logical that the author of a book on the anatomy of a city (The Work) and the anatomy of a skyscraper (The Heights) should next transport us to the subject of moving by land, sea, and air. As in her previous books, Kate Ascher is not content to graft the factoids of dreary old pundits; instead, she takes us into the mechanics, technologies, networks, and communications that keep us moving in ways that would have astounded our ancestors. All in all, The Way to Go makes perfect commute and travel reading; editor's recommendation.

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“Is it possibly to write a stunning book about infrastructure? Kate Ascher’s books are bliss for engineering-minded adults and children. Using gorgeous graphics and clear, simple, language, Ascher explains the infrastructure and engineering marvels around us. As David Macaulay won over a generation to architecture in the ’70s and ’80s with books like Castle and Underground, Ascher is enticing children to engineering, urban planning, and infrastructure.”

Praise for THE HEIGHTS:

“In this lushly illustrated book, Ms. Ascher meticulously and lucidly deconstructs the design of manmade towers from the foundation on up to the imperatives of physical and psychological security in a terror-conscious society.” –NEW YORK TIMES

“Kate Ascher’s 2005 book, THE WORKS: ANATOMY OF A CITY, was essentially a wiring diagram of the city of New York—every city, really—intricately detailing the mechanics of urban infrastructure… Now Ascher’s back with another eye-widening piece of illustrated deconstruction, this one on the most enduring symbol of city life… THE HEIGHTS features more than 200 pages of explanations, diagrams, and remarkable stories.” – WIRED Magazine

“The book contains graphics that tell you everything about how buildings are designed, constructed, even lit.” –NEW YORK POST

***

Praise for THE WORKS:

“THE WORKS is both a reference guide and a geeky pleasure.” –TIME OUT NEW YORK

“It’s a rare person who won’t find something of interest in THE WORKS, whether it’s an explanation of how a street-sweeper works or the view of what’s down a manhole.” –NEW YORK POST

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594204685
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/20/2014
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 323,522
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Ascher

Kate Ascher worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and Vornado Realty Trust EQ before taking up her current position managing Happold Consulting’s U.S. practice. Additionally, she serves on the faculty of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Her former books include The Works: Anatomy of a City and The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper.

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