The Way Things Work

  • Filename: the-way-things-work.
  • ISBN: 0751358614
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 65
  • Author: David MacAulay
  • Publisher:

'The way things work guidebook' shows you how and why the amazing models you make actually work. Leonard and Mammoth take you through the fundamental principles. Simple explanations make you realize how incredible science really is. From levers and pulleys to pneumatics and robots. A hands-on fully interactive kit plus Pinball Science CD-ROM, a booklet, and activity cards. Construct 12 fantastic working models to bring David Macaulay's remarkable book to life.

The Way Things Work Now

  • Filename: the-way-things-work-now.
  • ISBN: 9780241282199
  • Release Date: 2016-07-01
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: David Macaulay
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

This revised edition of David Macaulay's classic The Way Things Work takes you into the inner workings of hundreds of machines and explains the science behind their technologies. From the simple lever to the modern microprocessor, this bestseller has been completely updated with the latest technologies and explains every machine you've ever wanted to understand, and some you've probably never thought about. From clocks and watches, to jet engines and the internet, David Macaulay's beautiful illustrations represent the inner workings of each machine. With David Macaulay's inspired illustrations and humorous approach, The Way Things Work makes even the most complex technology fun, fascinating and accessible for children of all ages.

The New Way Things Work

  • Filename: the-new-way-things-work.
  • ISBN: 0395938473
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines. Includes new material about digital technology.

The Way We Work

  • Filename: the-way-we-work.
  • ISBN: 9780547346328
  • Release Date: 2008-10-07
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: David Macaulay
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In this comprehensive and entertaining resource, David Macaulay reveals the inner workings of the human body as only he could. In order to present this complicated subject in an accurate and entertaining way, he put in years of research. He sat in on anatomy classes, dissections, and even reached inside the rib cages of two cadavers to compare their spleen sizes. He observed numerous surgeries, including a ten-hour procedure where a diseased pancreas was removed, as well as one where a worn-out old knee was replaced by a brand new one. This hands-on investigation gives Macaulay a unique perspective to lead his readers on a visual journey through the workings of the human body. The seven sections within the book take us from the cells that form our foundation to the individual systems they build. Each beautifully illustrated spread details different aspects of our complex structure, explaining the function of each and offering up-close glimpses, unique cross-sections and perspectives, and even a little humor along the way. This one-of-a-kind book can serve as a reference for children, families, teachers, and anyone who has questions about how his or her body works. When readers see how David Macaulay builds a body and explains the way it works, they will come away with a new appreciation of the amazing world inside them.

Built to Last

  • Filename: built-to-last.
  • ISBN: 054750568X
  • Release Date: 2010-10-25
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: David Macaulay
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A nomad fashion's a home that’s meant to be built and rebuilt. A family tears down an old house and erects a new one in its place. Even the Eiffel Tower wasn’t meant to be anything more than temporary. As humans, we don’t always build things to endure the test of time. Built to Last brings together the award-winning author and artist David Macaulay’s creative, exacting thinking about buildings and designs that were crafted with a strength of structure and purpose that defy the everyday: Castle, Cathedral, and Mosque. This gorgeous volume includes newly researched information about each building and how it was built. And, for the first time ever, the Caldecott Honor–winning Castle and Cathedral appear in full color—with stunning new drawings that enrich the reader’s understanding of these structures, and capture intriguing new perspectives and details. Just as the buildings themselves were created to last, our interest in the structures themselves, the people who created them, and the purposes for which they were made endures as well. This impeccably researched volume—a necessary addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in architecture—celebrates this spirit of endurance and serves as a reminder that building well and leaving something of consequence behind, whether a building, a design, or an idea, is still of the utmost importance.

The Way Things Were

  • Filename: the-way-things-were.
  • ISBN: 9781743536377
  • Release Date: 2015-02-01
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Author: Aatish Taseer
  • Publisher: Picador

"A formidable mix of the personal and the political . . . The Way Things Were is a substantive contribution to new writing from the subcontinent." Independent When Skanda's father Toby dies, estranged from Skanda's mother and from the India he once loved, it falls to Skanda to return his body to his birthplace. This is a journey that takes him halfway around the world and deep within three generations of his family, whose fractures, frailties and toxic legacies he has always sought to elude. Both an intimate portrait of a marriage and its aftershocks, and a panoramic vision of India's half-century - in which a rapacious new energy supplants an ineffectual elite - The Way Things Were is an epic novel about the pressures of history upon the present moment. It is also a meditation on the stories we tell and the stories we forget; their tenderness and violence in forging bonds and in breaking them apart. Set in modern Delhi and at flashpoints from the past four decades, fusing private and political, classical and contemporary to thrilling effect, this book confirms Aatish Taseer as one of the most arresting voices of his generation. PRAISE FOR AATISH TASEER "Intensely engrossing . . . a novel of ideas in the guise of a very human story." Financial Times "The Ways Things Were shows [Taseer] to be both an accomplished novelist and commentator. In delving beneath the surface, he has vividly exposed the quarrels and quandaries of an India undergoing rapid historical and social change." Spectator

Motel of the Mysteries

  • Filename: motel-of-the-mysteries.
  • ISBN: 0547348622
  • Release Date: 1979-10-11
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Author: David Macaulay
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Imagine, then, the excitement that Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist at best, experienced when in crossing the perimeter of an abandoned excavation site he felt the ground give way beneath him and found himself at the bottom of a shaft, which, judging from the DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging from an archaic doorknob, was clearly the entrance to a still-sealed burial chamber. Carson's incredible discoveries, including the remains of two bodies, one of then on a ceremonial bed facing an altar that appeared to be a means of communicating with the Gods and the other lying in a porcelain sarcophagus in the Inner Chamber, permitted him to piece together the whole fabric of that extraordinary civilization.

How Things Work in the House

  • Filename: how-things-work-in-the-house.
  • ISBN: 1609051890
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Author: Lisa Campbell Ernst
  • Publisher:

A companion to How Things Work Around the Yard profiles a range of common household objects--from soap and scissors to keys and toilets--to explain the basic principles of how they function.


  • Filename: cathedral.
  • ISBN: 0395316685
  • Release Date: 1973
  • Number of pages: 77
  • Author: David Macaulay
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a magnificent Gothic cathedral in the imaginary French town of Chutreaux during the thirteenth century.

Thing Explainer

  • Filename: thing-explainer.
  • ISBN: 9780544668607
  • Release Date: 2015-11-24
  • Number of pages: 64
  • Author: Randall Munroe
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including: food-heating radio boxes (microwaves) tall roads (bridges) computer buildings (datacenters) the shared space house (the International Space Station) the other worlds around the sun (the solar system) the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates) the pieces everything is made of (the periodic table) planes with turning wings (helicopters) boxes that make clothes smell better (washers and dryers) the bags of stuff inside you (cells) How do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up, heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, and why.

Toilet How It Works

  • Filename: toilet-how-it-works.
  • ISBN: 9781626722149
  • Release Date: 2015-04-14
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: David Macaulay
  • Publisher: Macmillan

A celebrated author-illustrator brings his acclaimed voice and style to a high-interest nonfiction book about the complex inner-workings of one of the most familiar objects in our lives, the toilet. Simultaneous.

The Works

  • Filename: the-works.
  • ISBN: 0143112708
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 228
  • Author: Kate Ascher
  • Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks

A behind-the-scenes account of the interconnected technology, transportation, and utility systems supporting New York City pairs detailed graphic images with accessible explanations of behind-the-scenes mechanisms and processes for key structures and everyday arenas. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

The Natural Way of Things

  • Filename: the-natural-way-of-things.
  • ISBN: 9781609453633
  • Release Date: 2016-06-28
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Charlotte Wood
  • Publisher: Penguin

“Contemporary feminism may have found its masterpiece of horror (The Guardian),” as the stories of Verla and Yolanda seem ripped from the headlines about today's institutionalized misogyny and violence against women. The Natural Way of Things is at once lucid and illusory, a brilliantly plotted novel of ideas that reminds us of mankind's own vast contradictions—the capacity for savagery, selfishness, resilience, and redemption all contained by a single, vulnerable body. Drugged, dressed in old-fashioned rags, and fiending for a cigarette, Yolanda wakes up in a barren room. Verla, a young woman who seems vaguely familiar, sits nearby. Down a hallway echoing loudly with the voices of mysterious men, in a stark compound deep in the Australian outback, other captive women are just coming to. Starved, sedated, the girls can't be sure of anything—except the painful episodes in their pasts that link them. Drawing strength from the animal instincts they're forced to rely on, the women go from hunted to hunters, along the way becoming unforgettable and boldly original literary heroines that readers will both relate to and root for. Winner 2016 Stella Prize 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award in Fiction An Australian Indie Best Fiction Book & Overall Book of the Year Winner Finalist 2017 International Dublin Literary Award 2016 Voss Literary Prize 2016 Victorian Premier's Award 2016 The Miles Franklin Award

How Everything Works

  • Filename: how-everything-works.
  • ISBN: UCSC:32106018441771
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 720
  • Author: Louis Bloomfield
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated

A user’s manual for our everyday world! “Whether a curious layperson, a trained physicist, or a beginning physics student, most everyone will find this book an interesting and enlightening read and will go away comforted in that the world is not so strange and inexplicable after all.” ––From the Foreword by Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2001, and CASE/Carnegie US University Professor of the Year 2004 If you didn’t know better, you might think the world was filled with magic––from the household appliances that make our lives easier to the CDs and DVDs that fill our world with sounds and images. Even a simple light bulb can seem mysterious when you stop to think about it. Now in How Everything Works, Louis Bloomfield explains the physics behind the ordinary objects and natural phenomena all around us, and unravels the mysteries of how things work. Inside, you’ll find easy-to-understand answers to scores of fascinating questions, including: How do microwave ovens cook food, and why does metal sometimes cause sparks in a microwave? How does an iPod use numbers to represent music? How do CDs and DVDs use light to convey information, and why are they so colorful? How can a CT or MRI image show a cross-sectional view of a person without actually entering the body? Why do golf balls have dimples? How does a pitcher make a curveball curve and knuckleball jitter about in an erratic manner? Why is the sun red at sunrise and sunset? How does a fluorescent lamp produce visible light? You don’t need a science or engineering background to understand How Everything Works, all you need is an active curiosity about the extraordinary world all around you.

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