The New Way Things Work by David MacaulayThe New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

The New Way Things Work

byDavid MacaulayContribution byNeil Ardley

Hardcover | April 15, 1999

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The information age is upon us, baffling us with thousands of complicated state-of-the-art technologies. To help make sense of the computer age, David Macaulay brings us The New Way Things Work. This completely updated and expanded edition describes twelve new machines and includes more than seventy new pages detailing the latest innovations. With an entirely new section that guides us through the complicated world of digital machinery, where masses of electronic information can be squeezedonto a single tiny microchip, this revised edition embraces all of the newest developments, from cars to watches. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained - with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.
David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an America...
Title:The New Way Things WorkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 10.88 × 8.5 × 1.22 inPublished:April 15, 1999Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0395938473

ISBN - 13:9780395938478

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This is a very informative book full of amazing drawings.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book for curious kids. This book simplifies and explains how things work. From key locks to nuclear power, this book gives examples of inventions and just how machines work. If your kid is curious about everything or even if you as an adult are curious about the every day things in life we use but aren't exactly sure of how they work, this book for you. I got it for my nephews but found myself reading through it.
Date published: 2016-03-01

Table of Contents




10-17 THE INCLINED PLANE Locks and keys; cutting machines; can opener; plough; zipper

18-29 LEVERS Includes: lever in action; weighing machines; grand piano; manual typewriter; firefighters ladder

30-35 WHEEL AND AXLE Wheel and axle at work; waterwheel; turbine; windmill; wind turbine; dentist's drill.

36-53 GEARS AND BELTS Includes: gear box; mechanical clocks; differential; lawn sprinkler; cams and cranks; sewing machine.

54-61 PULLEYS Chain hoist; counterweights; block and tackle; tower crane; escalator; lift.

62-69 SCREWS Screws at work; tap; drills and augers; combine harvester.

70-77 ROTATING WHEELS Gyroscope, starter motor; roller blind; car seat belt

78-81 SPRINGS Stapler; car suspension

82-89 FRICTION Clutch; synchromesh; car brakes; oil rig; freedom from friction; perpetual motion.



94-105 FLOATING Submersible; submarine; passenger boat; wind surfer; yacht; airship; hot-air balloon.

106-119 FLYING Includes: airplane; airliner wing; helicopter; jump-jet; hydrofoil

120-141 PRESSURE POWER Includes: pumps; pneumatic drill; hydraulics; power steering; suction; carburetor; fuel injection.

142-163 EXPLOITING HEAT Includes: heat waves; combustion engines; blast furnace; electric heater; toaster; refrigerator.

164-173 NUCLEAR POWER Nuclear fission; nuclear fusion; nuclear weapons; fallout; nuclear reactor; fusion power.



178-197 LIGHT AND IMAGES Includes: lighting; light bulb; mirrors; endoscope; lenses; telescopes; liquid crystals; holograms.

198-207 PHOTOGRAPHY Includes: cameras; color photograph; photo booth; movie camera; movie projector.

208-217 PRINTING Papermaking; printing plates; printing press; bookbinding.

218-233 SOUND AND MUSIC Woodwind instruments; brass instruments; string instruments; percussion instruments; microphone; synthesizer; electric guitar; mixer; amplifier; loudspeakers; earphones; record player; tape recorder.

234-253 TELECOMMUNICATIONS Telephone; radio transmitter; radio receiver; radio signals; television camera; camcorder; video recorder; television set; satellites; space telescope; radio telescope; satellite dish; space probes.



258-273 ELECTRICITY Includes: photocopier; air cleaner; ionizer; lightning conductor; quartz clock; self-winding watch; electric circuit; batteries; solar cell, remote control unit.

274-289 MAGNETISM Includes: magnets at work; electric bell; electric horn; maglev train; disc drive; electric generator; transformer; power supply; car ignition system.

290-309 SENSORS AND DETECTORS Includes: seismograph; air bag; autopilot; breath tester; smoke detector; X-rays; sonar; ultrasound; scanner; radar; metal detector; automatic doors; advanced burglar alarms; body scanner; automatic transmission; cruise control.




The Digital Domain will consist of five main sections: Forming Bits; Storing Bits; Processing Bits; Sending Bits; Using Bits. All of the following topics will be covered within these five sections:

ANALOG/DIGITAL SYSTEMS Binary code; digital pictures; analog-digital conversion; microchip

COMPUTER Includes: mouse; keyboard; scanner; voice recognition; memory; floppy disk; hard disk; ROM; RAM; CD-ROM; processor; operating system; monitor; printers; sound; modem; e-mail; Internet; fiber optics.

COMMUNICATION Includes: fax machine and fax card; digital telephone; mobile phone.

ENTERTAINMENT Includes: digital radio; digital TV and video; compact disc; digital sound.

OTHER DIGITAL SYSTEMS Electronic money and banking; digital security; digital camera; automatic camera; bar-code reader; GPS portable navigator; virtual reality, simulator; robot.


374-389 EUREKA!
An easy to use, illustrated survey of key inventions from the ax to the micro-chip, in chronological order.


396-400 INDEX

From Our Editors

Guided by a charming, but slow-witted woolly mammoth, readers are introduced to machinery in The New Way Things Work. Demystifying the computer age and leading readers into the 21st century - a world in which masses of information can be squeezed onto a single microchip - this updated edition includes more than 70 new pages of the latest developments. David Macaulay explains each scientific principle shedding light on today's intimidating, state-of-the-art technologies.

Editorial Reviews

The Way Things Work is not the only book that has tried to explain modern mysteries, but it's the best. Macaulay's explanations are lucid; they are also fun. He includes visual puns, running jokes, a cast of thousands of tiny participants in on and around the machines, choirs of angels and lots of big woolly mammoths." Boston Globe"Keep the book a secret from your kids for a while and study up on the explanations of questions you're anticipating. Let Macaulay make you look smarter than you think you are. The kids will certainly be impressed - and you'll be getting a real education in the bargain." The Los Angeles Times"The Way Things Work is a superb achievement. It is a very handsome book, a fascinating collection of riddles and a sound educational accomplishment that, while explaining in words and pictures - mostly pictures - some of the mysteries of physics, makes you smile, and often laugh. The author is honest enough to say that the book was intended for children of all ages, and brilliant enough to make all its readers feel brighter than they ever thought they could be." The New York Times"This is a work of mammoth imagination, energy, and humor. It justifies every critic's belief that information and entertainment are not mutually exclusive - good nonfiction is storytelling at its best." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred"Combining the tongue-in-cheek observations of a budding prehistoric engineer with acute descriptions of the functioning of mechanical and electrical machines, Macaulay has produced a superb volume? . Macaulay's unusual ability to focus, distill, organize, and convey information through his art has never been so impressively displayed." Horn Book, Starred"An astonishing tour-de-force, three years in the making, by the architect-turned-author who has given us Cathedral and City? Large, clear, complete drawings? contain unexpected little details providing hours of enlightenment and discovery." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers"A book to be treasured as both a browsing item and as a gold mine of reference information." School Library Journal, Starred "