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Eyewitness: Technology Hardcover – October 4, 1999
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6?In typical "Eyewitness" fashion, these titles explore two areas of science through clear, full-color photographs and lots of concise, well-organized text. Technology deals with how the development of machines and materials has affected the areas of communication, farming, medicine, and more. Endoscopes, food mixers, fax machines, and robots are presented, as well as everyday items like the BicTM pen and the hollow tennis racquet. Medicine travels from ancient times to the future, addressing alternative treatments, modern drugs, fads in health care, diagnostic techniques, etc. What really stands out are the numerous examples of tools of the trade, like the 18th-century brass enema syringe and the 20th-century electronic hand. Both volumes feature lots of white space, great photography, and clear explanations of terms.?Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] -- The New York Times
These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers. [Eyewitness series] -- School Library Journal
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Let's try again. The cover says: "Discover the ways technology has transformed everyday life--from the largest structures to the smallest electronic devices." There are pictures of recognizable objects: the Coliseum, a telephone/fax machine, a CD, a vacuum cleaner, energy windmills, a screw, pens, a mixer, a kerosene lantern, ball bearings in a wheel, plus things I don't recognize. I think I "get" it now--the science and art of making and using things. Let's take the mixer: science--making it, art--how it looks. This one is red and silver.
So far we have examined only the covers and paragraph one. Based only on the information so far provided, I tried to imagine what topics might be included. Computer, airplanes, printing press, cell phone, sinks, commodes, lamps, automobiles, washing machines. After completing the last page, I now know I had not even scratched the surface.
Before technology is possible, materials must be transformed. Three wonderful examples are explained using words and pictures: using clay to make a bowl--from coils to a solid piece, then with glaze that is fired to become a lovely cobalt-colored bowl. The gelatinous goo of egg whites and yolks into the solid white and yellow of a boiled egg. Or the ingredients that make a pasty glob that becomes fluffy biscuits.
Other basics of technology include defining metals, using metals, and shaping metals. Think how metals changed war and farming from wooden clubs to swords to artillery to fighter planes, from antlers to metal plows to tractors.
Eyewitness technology writer Roger Bridgman shows how specific materials, using technology, are converted into useful and beautiful things. Wood becomes tools and violins and chairs. Plastics become CD's, bakelite containers, celluloid for movies, eyes for a teddy bear, chairs.
More technology: heat engines, tools of measurement, mass production, household tools, perfumes, gas chromatographers, banking systems, specific colors, x-rays, laser surgery, loudspeakers, in-vitro cultivation of plants, and recycling.
Now I know what technology is. Go into your house, look around and say: This is technology (the science and art of making and using things). Thanks to the Dorling Kindersley people who use technology to make useful and beautiful Eyewitness books to teach us so many things.