How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers

How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers

by Andrew Terranova, Sharon Rose


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How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers by Andrew Terranova, Sharon Rose

For anyone curious about the nuts and bolts of human ingenuity, How Things Are Made is a fascinating exploration of the process behind the manufacture of everyday items.

What are bulletproof vests made of? How do manufacturers get lipstick into the tube? How many layers are there in an iPhone screen? The answers to these questions and so much more fascinating information can be found in How Things Are Made, a behind-the-scenes look at the production everyday objects of all kinds, from guitars, sunscreen, and seismographs to running shoes, jet engines, and chocolate.

Thoroughly revised and redesigned from the best-selling 1995 edition, How Things Are Made also contains three new entries by author Andrew Terranova. However, each page still contains informative step-by-step text along with detailed but easy-to-follow illustrations, diagrams, and sidebars to tell the stories behind the things we sometimes take for granted. For example, did you know that Edison didn't really invent the light bulb? Or that the first bar code was on a pack of Wrigley's Spearmint gum? Or that a maple seed inspired the design for the helicopter? Discover these fascinating anecdotes and much more in How Things Are Made.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316439251
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 172,218
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Andrew Terranova is an engineer, maker, and writer who is usually found taking something apart or putting something together. His projects and articles have been published in Make: Magazine, Popular Science and GeekDad. He lives in New Jersey.

Sharon Rose is a business consultant and is constantly taking things apart and rebuilding them in her free time. She lives in Redmond, Washington.

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Reader's Guide vi

Format vii

Additional Features vii

Airbag 1

Automobile 7

Barcode Scanner 16

Body Armor 23

Cheese 32

Chocolate 38

Combination Lock 45

Contact Lens 51

Cruise Ship 57

Denim Jeans 65

Eyeglass Lens 72

Guitar 78

Helicopter 84

Jet Engine 93

Lawn Mower 102

Light Bulb 108

Lipstick 115

Nail Polish 121

Optical Disc (CD, DVD, and Blu-ray) 127

Optical Fiber 134

Pencil 142

Postage Stamp 147

Rubber Band 154

Running Shoe 159

Salsa 166

Seismograph 171

Smartphone 181

Smoke Detector 191

Solar Panel 196

Sugar 205

Sunscreen 212

Super Glue 218

Thermometer 224

Tire 231

Trumpet 237

Watch 244

Zipper 252

Where to Learn More 261

Index 272

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