The Way Things Work
Houghton Mifflin, 1988 - Technology - 384 pages
From levers to lasers, from cameras to computers, this volume is a remarkable overview of the machines and inventions that shape our lives, amusingly presented with a large dose of Macaulay's wit and personality. Full-color illustrations.
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