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The Way Things Work: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Technology Hardcover – August 1, 1967


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 1, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0000913154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0000913159
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read them and reread them until "I knew" how all those "things" worked!
Litsios James
Every entry carries a modestly detailed text explaining the process and at least one full page of step-by-step graphical illustrations.
Roscoe Joiner
I would love to see this book brought back to print with new updated information.
"mymantra"

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "mymantra" on November 19, 2000
One of a kind book that still has not been duplicated.
The use of 2-color drawings only forces a precision and clarity of communication that tends to get lost in the hype of our multimedia world. Perhaps the Germanic minimalism in the Bauhaus tradition.
I still refer to it even though most of the "state of the art" in this book was mid-1960s. This book fills in alot of the "technology infrastructure" and supply chain networks that are essential to end products people actually see.
I would love to see this book brought back to print with new updated information. Keep exactly the same style: left page of text, right page of 2-color diagrams, one thought per page pair. The format is thoroughly modern in the sense that the content is perfectly suited to internet-centered presentation. You can enter the book at any page and pick up a self-contained piece of knowledge. Very web-like.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mckoyk@trmnj.com on October 7, 1997
The Way Things Work is an illustrated volume that is essential for a well-stocked reference library. From the juke box to the diesel engine, the easy-to-understand descriptions and drawings explain to everyone exactly how and why things work the way they do. Hundreds of items are included allowing quick checks of whatever subject happens to come up at home or the office.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darrin Rice on July 10, 2002
A classic!
My Father bought this book new and, as a boy, I spent hours poring over the process diagrams, reading the text and connecting one with the other, the wheels turning in my mind, gradually unlocking the mysteries of technology. I found that having one process explained often spurred curiosity in another up- or down-stream process that was, in turn, explained in the book. Thus, a caveat: DO NOT pick up this book intending to "just take a quick look at something". That isn't going to happen; at least not until you know enough to have written it yourself.
Whether you are a working professional or student seeking an overview, a technically-minded child or adult broadening your knowledge, or simply a curious but casual reader, this book is highly recommended. Much of it remains valid, despite it's age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bay Bridge Sue on January 11, 2014
I received this as a gift from my parents when I was 8 (and the book was new). It literally changed my entire way of thinking about things, my thought processes, and made such a huge difference in my life path I cannot explain it. MANY nights with a flashlight under the covers were spent with this fascinating book... It really needs to be republished.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhalellan on February 24, 2010
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My father had this set of books and any time I had a question he would direct me to them. Now I have my own set and can look up any question I may have!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roscoe Joiner on October 23, 2011
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This book, along with Volume 2, provides a clearly understandable explanation of industrial processes that pre-digital 20th century western civilization depended upon. Every entry carries a modestly detailed text explaining the process and at least one full page of step-by-step graphical illustrations. If we ever needed to rebuild society, this would be a starting point reference book. Also, if you're a high school student in need of an understanding of Industry-Commerce-Law, then time spent with the two volumes of the set will be well invested. Impress your guidance counselor and college interviewers along the way!
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