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New How Things Work: From Lawn Mowers to Surgical Robots and Everthing in Between

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Covering all areas of technology, The New How Things Work contains the most up-to-date, elaborately illustrated, fascinating, and fun entries that explain how our technology-driven world functions.

Learn about the objects and ideas we encounter every day, and that are changing our lives, from DVDs and MP3s to plasma screen TVs and wireless Internet technology.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by National Geographic
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Anton Klink
"How Things Work" tackles excellent topics but ends up a rather dry read. The book sets out to explain how things work, but after having read the excellent "How Science Works", which really was true to its title, I have to say this book falls short if its stated goal.

Instead of actually explaining things, most of the time the author just provides endless lists of items and components that make up one or another machine, without actually bothering to explain the actual working processes behind e...more
Summary: This informational book is organized easily into categories such as "home", "entertainment", and "health and medicine". Each page-long article is accompanied by beautiful photographs and diagrams of the technology being explained.

Critique: The diagrams are just detailed enough. For example, the jet engine diagram on page 105 shows not only the working parts, but also the flow of air over the components that create propulsion. The image of the CD player in the "Digitized Music" article o...more
Ambar Yadav
How Things Work. My thirteenth birthday gift remains one of my favourite books. Langone explains everything, from everyday kitchen appliances to fusion tokamaks.

And none of it is particularly difficult to grasp.
Way cool book about inventions, how things work, a really good read.
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