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How in the World?: A Fascinating Journey Through the World of Human Ingenuity

4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0895773531
ISBN-10: 0895773538
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YA-- How astronauts navigate in space, how the Great Pyramids were built, and how the soft centers are put in pieces of chocolate are among the many questions answered in this fascinating book. Amply illustrated with full-color drawings, it is arranged into 12 categories that range from exploration of the universe to marvels of science to curiosities of food and drink. An eclectic mixture of information that can be read for pleasure or as a starting point for research papers or projects.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (October 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895773538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895773531
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I first saw this book at a friend's house and really enjoyed looking at it. Even children who are not able to read yet can learn lots of things just by looking at the pictures. It tells about everything from the ball in a ball-point pen, to how people figure out what the speed-limit should be for cars on high-ways, etc. I would encourage anyone who likes to learn about different things to pick up this book and give it a try!
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I have had this book since I was about ten years old and it never gets old!! There are so many random facts in here that you can always learn something new. How did Houdini escape? Howcome lightbulbs are so strong? How do they analyze the handwriting of kidnapers? How do people fake UFO sightings? It really is incredible - a must for every inquisitive kid (or adult) on your gift list!
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My son, who didn't enjoy school or reading got this book as a gift when he was about 10 or 12. He absolutely loved it. Every night he and I would look at a new page and learn about something new, such as how dvd disks are made, or how treads are put on tires. He kept reading it for several years and is now 28 years old. He still says that is his favorite book of all time. I am going to buy copies of it for my grandsons as I'm sure they will enjoy it as well. Nice large photos or drawings accompany each page, and the explanation of how something was invented or made is clear and concise, even for a younger reader. I learned a lot by reading the book with my son also. I would highly recommend this book.
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By sadsack on December 18, 2013
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Saw this while waiting in a doctor's office this morning. Looking at the cover I thought it was designed for kids to read but since I like readers digest I started to glance and then read the information presented. Even though it was published in the 90's the information is still valid today and easy to read and understand. So I ordered a copy today and will give to my granddaughter after I get to finish going thru it. Would recommend for everyone over the age of 10 unless you have a younger child who is a avid reader with good comprehension then they would enjoy it also. Well illustrated with pictures, a great learning book.
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This is a good book. Lots to read in here. Some of the descriptions are for older kids, 8 to 10yrs old. But pretty fun, especially if you like reading....as many engineers are.
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Seen this book at a friends and could hardly wait to get my own copy. A very nice book but minor shipping damage on the cover Thanks!! Represented well.
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