The New Way Things Work

The New Way Things Work


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ISBN-13: 9781616823610
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/15/2010
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given “to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

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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.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Mechanics of Movement
Title, Contents, Introduction
The Inclined Plane - Locks and keys; cutting machines; can opener; plough; zipper. Levers - Includes: levers in action; weighing machines; grand piano; manual typewriter; firefighter ladder. Wheel and Axel - Wheel and axle at work; waterwheel; turbine; windmill; wind turbine; dentist's drill. Gears and Belts - Includes: gear box; mechanical clocks; differential; lawn sprinkler; cams and cranks; sewing machine. Pulleys - Chain hoist; counterweights; block and tackle; tower crane; escalator; lift. Screws - Screws at work; tap; drills and augers; combine harvester. Rotating Wheels - Gyroscope; starter motor; roller blind; car seat belt. Springs - Stapler; car suspension. Friction - Clutch; synchromesh; car brakes; oil rig; freedom from friction; perpetual motion.

Part Two: Harnessing The Elements
Title, Contents, Introduction
Floating - Submersible; submarine; passenger boat; windsurfer; yacht; airship; hot-air balloon. Flying - Includes: aeroplane; airliner wing; helicopter; jump-jet; hydrofoil. Pressure Power - Includes: pumps; pneumatic drill; hydraulics; power steering; suction; carburettor; fuel injection. Exploiting Heat - Includes: heat waves; combustion engines; blast furnace; electric heater; toaster; refrigerator. Nuclear Power - Nuclear fission; nuclear fusion; nuclear weapons; fallout; nuclear reactor; fusion power.

Part Three: Working With Waves
Title, Contents, Introduction
Light Images - Includes: lighting; light bulb; mirrors; endoscope; lenses; telescopes; liquid crystals; holograms. Photography - Includes: cameras, colour photograph, photo booth; movie camera; movie projector. Printing - Papermaking; printing plates; printing press; bookbinding. Sound and Music - Woodwind instruments; brass instruments; string instruments; percussion instruments; microphone; synthesizer; electric guitar; mixer; amplifier; loudspeakers; earphones; record player; tape recorder. Telecommunications - Telephone; radio transmitter; radio receiver; radio signals; television camera; camcorder; video recorder; television set; satellites; space telescope; radio telescope; satellite dish; space probes.

Part Four: Electricity and Automation
Title, Contents, Introduction
Electricity - Includes: photocopier; air cleaner; ionizer; lightning; conductor; quartz clock; self-winding watch; electric circuit; batteries; solar cell; remote control unit. Magnetism - Includes: magnets at work; electric bell; electric horn; electric motor; disc drive; electric generator; transformer; power supply; car ignition system. Sensors and Detectors - Includes: seismograph; air bag; autopilot; breath tester; smoke detector; X-rays; sonar; ultrasound scanner; radar; metal detector; automatic doors; advanced burglar alarms; body scanner; automatic transmission; cruise control.

Part Five: The Digital Domain
Title, Contents, Introduction
The Digital Domain will consist of five main sections: Forming Bits, Storing Bits, Processing Bits, Sending Bits, Using Bits. All of the following topics will be covered within these five sections: Analog/Digital Systems - Binary code; digital pictures; analog-digital conversion; micorchip. Computer - Includes: mouse; keyboard; scanner; voice recognition; memory; floppy disk; hard disk; ROM; RAM; CD-ROM; processor; operating system; monitor; printers; sound; modem; e-mail; Internet; fibre optics. Communication - Includes: fax machine and fax card; digital telephone; mobile phone. Entertainment - Includes: digital radio; digital TV and video; compact disc; digital sound. Other Digital Systems - Electronic money and banking; digital security; digital camera; automatic camera; bar-code reader; GPS portable navigator; virtual reality; simulator; robot.

End Matter
Eureka! - An easy to use, illustrated survey of key inventions from the axe to the microchip, in chronological order.
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The New Way Things Work 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow. if yer kid is smart or you want to catch up to him/her...BUY THIS BOOK NOW and anything else ever written by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 26 and I still love this book! It's great for people who love to fix things, take things apart, and put them back together. Once you get over the fact that's it's written to be accessible to young people, people of any age can enjoy the book and learn from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 16 years old, and am very curious about the way things work! This book taught me more than a thing or two. It contains interesting things ... for example, have you ever wondered how a stapler works?? I have, and this book's got the answers. I definitely recommend this book to anyone out there who wants to know how things work, enjoys science, or just wants to learn a new thing or two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic description of how real world devices work, with all of the underlying physics explained in simple terms. The drawings are great and the wooly mammoth makes the whole thing fun. We're buying a set of these for use in our physics class next year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The illustrations and explanations are great for those who are visual learners. It's a great book for those who want to know the way things work.
cmbohn on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Got this for my son. He absolutely LOVES it. I think it's a lot of fun too. I like the little woolly mammoths that illustrate the concepts. Very fun book, recommended especially for children with a mechanical interest.
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Since there is no way to rate customer service, I am left with leaving my feedback here.  I love this book and was hoping to give the book to my son for Christmas.  When I ordered the book, I was under the impression that said book would be shipped before Christmas..... alass almost 5  days later I learn that the book will not be shipped until January.  Customer service has been absolutly NO help in trying to get me the book in time for Christmas.  Seems that I have to do the leg work because they were not truthful when I placed the order.  I've spent nearly $600 at the brick and mortar store this year alone, including the purchase of 2 Nooks, and I can not get any meaningful assistance from customer service to help solve "my" problem.... not even a "let me call the local store and see what we can do to help".  I should have gone through Amazon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It reminds me of a book called 'Rocket science for Dummies' No one would enjoy reading it. It would only be suitable for a library.