The Way Things Work Now (Hardcover)

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 It’s been ten years since this touchstone book has last been updated, and with the digital explosion in technology since then, it was well due for an update! Macaulay’s meticulously detailed illustrations and diagrams break down various complex machines into understandable bits and pieces, allowing readers to see the way they connect and build on each other as technology evolves. But don’t think that just because it’s exactingly factual that it isn’t fun—the whole thing is done with a playful sense of humor that infuses the writing, and is most obvious in the silly cartoon wooly mammoth that appears throughout! This is a wonderful kind of book because it both inspires curiosity and encourages agency, by getting kids started down the path of engineering. Great for all ages.

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A New York Times Bestseller

Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained--with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.

An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay explains them all.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780544824386
ISBN-10: 0544824385
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 400
Language: English