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  • Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988.
  • Year Published: 1988
  • Description: 384 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0395428572 :
  • 0590429892 :


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The way things work

by Macaulay, David.

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Call number: 621 Ma

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Youth level.

Explanations of the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines.

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Humorous and Informative

If you're looking for a basic understanding of machines, from simple pulleys to digital cameras, this book is for you! Macaulay demonstrates how machines work and organizes the book in such a way that the reader can easily follow scientific concepts from one machine to the next. His humorous illustrations depict a woolly mammoth trying to live in a world filled with advanced human technologies and small human beings interacting with the individual pieces of particular devices. Macaulay provides lots of well-drawn diagrams and brief captions that describe how the machine works. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to improve their basic understanding of everyday machines.


In this book, you learn about how our modern machines work, and why they work.

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