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The new how things work : Everyday technology explained / by John Langone ; art by Pete Samek, Andy Christie, and Bryan Christie.


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Langone, John, 1929-
Publication date:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c2004.
  • Book
  • 272 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Title Variation:
How things work
Rev. ed. of: National Geographic's how things work. c1999.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 266) and index.
Publisher's Summary:
Up-to-date, inviting, fun to read and highly illustrated, The New How Things Work will appeal to any curious person who asks why and how the marvellous machines and devices of our technology-driven world work - from a cell phone to a communications satellite. The New How Things Work updates the original with informative coverage of the objects and ideas that are changing our everyday lives, from DVDs and MP3 music files to plasma screen televisions and wireless internet technology. While most of us are curious about the inner workings of gadgets and machines, we often feel intimidated in our efforts to really understand them. The New How Things Work, a fascinating and clearly written and illustrated volume, uses anecdotal information to help readers understand the mechanisms and principals behind technological wonders, painlessly folding in the basic scientific principles that make each of them work. With chapters including Home, Buildings and Building, Power and Energy, Transportation, Entertainment, Manufacturing, and Tools of Medicine, the book covers every important technological category, focusing on familiar items such as clocks and locks, planes and trains, elevators and escalators, and the not-so-familiar - "smart" clothes and buildings, laser surgery, and DNA manipulation. Like David Macaulay's classic The Way Things Work and Bill Bryson's recent bestseller, A Short History of Nearly Everything, this eminently browsable book presents ideas and concepts in clear, concise language. The text, which is organized into stand-alone spreads, is lavishly illustrated with more than 400 photographs, technical drawings, diagrams, and sidebar concepts that visually reinforce the science explained in the text.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Related Work:
Langone, John, 1929- National Geographic's how things work.

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