Way Things Work

Way Things Work

Book - 1988
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Houghton
From levers to lasers, from cameras to computers, this 384-page volume is a remarkable overview of the machines and inventions that shape our lives, amusingly presented with a large dose of Macaulay's wit and personality.

Baker & Taylor
Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines including a lawn sprinkler, pneumatic drill, electric guitar, and a smoke detector.

Baker
& Taylor

The intimidating world of technology is made accessible in an ingenious guide to the workings of diverse machines that traces todays inventions to their antecedents of the past

Publisher: Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1988
ISBN: 9780395428573
0395428572
Characteristics: 384

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_Alicorn_
Jul 04, 2016

There is a lot of small text in this book but it is clever how they have used the Mammoth to pose ideas and questions.
Personally I found it a little silly at times, or even a bit hard to understand how the Mammoth parts sounded but for kids it could get them interested and engaged.
Our son is 3, nearly 4 and he enjoyed hearing about how things work but it was too much text for him I just did key parts of it and read the Mammoth intro's on each page, he really liked the book and listened hard but that is because he is very inquisitive about how things work, I couldn't tell what he thought of the Mammoth's opinions, thoughts and experiments.
I think it is a clever concept for a How To book and the first I've come across like it. I would get it again when our son is older.

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ymwu05
Jan 24, 2015

awesome book!

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mispelled
Apr 21, 2011

I learned so much from this book. I could never quite completely understand how an automatic transmission works but it taught me about everything else from simple machines and computer logic to CD players and nuclear reactions. Almost like a primer on physics it goes through simple machines, light and waves, mechanics and uses lots of practical real world examples.

Very good for any child with a mechanical aptitude or any one who asks how something works. Hand drawn illustrations on about every page with frequent tiny Easter eggs and quips in the drawings.

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Jan 24, 2015

ymwu05 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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