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Title:
How technology works
ISBN:
9781465479648
Edition:
1st U.S. ed.
Physical Description:
255 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Power technology -- Transportation technology -- Materials and construction technology -- Technology in the home -- Sound and vision technology -- Computer technology -- Communications technology -- Farming and food technology -- Medical technology.
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Summary:
How Technology Works demystifies the machinery that keeps the modern world going, from simple objects such as zip fasteners and can openers to the latest, most sophisticated devices of the information age, including smartwatches, personal digital assistants, and driverless cars. It includes inventions that have changed the course of history, like the internal combustion engine, as well as technologies that might hold the key to our future survival, including solar cells and new kinds of farming to feed a growing population. Throughout the book, step-by-step explanations are supported by simple and original graphics that take devices apart and show you how they work. The opening chapter explains principles that underpin lots of devices, from basic mechanics to electricity to digital technology. From there, devices are grouped by application-such as the home, transportation, and computing-making them easy to find and placing similar devices side by side. --
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Have you ever asked yourself how the inventions, gadgets, and devices that surround us actually work? Discover the hidden workings of everyday technology with this graphic guide.

How Technology Works demystifies the machinery that keeps the modern world going, from simple objects such as zip fasteners and can openers to the latest, most sophisticated devices of the information age, including smartwatches, personal digital assistants, and driverless cars. It includes inventions that have changed the course of history, like the internal combustion engine, as well as technologies that might hold the key to our future survival, including solar cells and new kinds of farming to feed a growing population.

Throughout the book, step-by-step explanations are supported by simple and original graphics that take devices apart and show you how they work. The opening chapter explains principles that underpin lots of devices, from basic mechanics to electricity to digital technology. From there, devices are grouped by application--such as the home, transportation, and computing--making them easy to find and placing similar devices side by side. How Technology Works is perfect for anyone who didn't have training in STEM subjects at school or is simply curious about how the modern world works.


Author Notes

DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world leading illustrated reference publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann. DK publishes highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 100 countries and over 60 languages, with offices in the UK, India, US, Germany, China, Canada, Spain and Australia.

DK's aim is to inspire, educate and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics, with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products.

Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery and parenting.

DK's extensive children's list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the best-selling LEGO® books.

DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series.

https://www.dk.com/


Table of Contents

Power Technology
Power and energyp. 10
Water supplyp. 12
Oil refineriesp. 14
Generatorsp. 16
Motorsp. 18
Power stationsp. 20
Electricity supplyp. 22
Nuclear powerp. 24
Wind powerp. 26
Water and geothermal powerp. 28
Solar energy and bioenergyp. 30
Batteriesp. 32
Fuel cellsp. 34
Transportation Technology
Moving machinesp. 38
Bicyclesp. 40
Internal combustion enginesp. 42
How a car worksp. 44
Electric and hybrid carsp. 46
Radarp. 48
Speed camerasp. 50
Trainsp. 52
Sailboatsp. 54
Motor vesselsp. 56
Submarinesp. 58
Jet engines and rocketsp. 60
Airplanesp. 62
Helicoptersp. 64
Dronesp. 66
Space probesp. 68
Materials and Construction Technology
Metalsp. 72
Working with metalsp. 74
Concretep. 76
Plasticsp. 78
Compositesp. 80
Recyclingp. 82
Nanotechnologyp. 84
3-D printingp. 86
Arches and domesp. 88
Drillingp. 90
Earth moversp. 92
Bridgesp. 94
Tunnelsp. 96
Skyscrapersp. 98
Elevatorsp. 100
Cranesp. 102
Technology in the Home
Utilities in the homep. 106
Heatingp. 108
Microwave ovensp. 110
Kettles and toastersp. 112
Dishwashersp. 114
Refrigerationp. 116
Vacuum cleanersp. 118
Toiletsp. 120
Locksp. 122
Security alarmsp. 124
Fabricsp. 126
Clothingp. 128
Washing machinesp. 130
The digital homep. 132
Sound and Vision Technology
Wavesp. 136
Microphones and loudspeakersp. 138
Digital soundp. 140
Telescopes and binocularsp. 142
Electric lightingp. 144
Lasersp. 146
Hologramsp. 148
Projectorsp. 150
Digital camerasp. 152
Printers and scannersp. 154
Computer Technology
The digital worldp. 158
Digital electronicsp. 160
Computersp. 162
How computers workp. 164
Keyboards and micep. 166
Computer softwarep. 168
Artificial intelligencep. 170
How do robots work?p. 172
What can robots do?p. 174
Virtual realityp. 176
Communications Technology
Radio signalsp. 180
Radiosp. 182
Telephonesp. 184
Telecommunications networksp. 186
Television broadcastingp. 188
Televisionsp. 190
Satellitesp. 192
Satellite navigationp. 194
The Internetp. 196
The World Wide Webp. 198
Emailp. 200
Wi-Fip. 202
Mobile devicesp. 204
Smartphonesp. 206
Electronic paperp. 208
Farming and Food Technology
Growing cropsp. 212
Animal farmingp. 214
Harvestersp. 216
Farming without soilp. 218
Precision agriculturep. 220
Sorting and packingp. 222
Food preservationp. 224
Food processingp. 226
Genetic modificationp. 228
Medical Technology
Pacemakersp. 232
X-ray imagingp. 234
MRI scannerp. 236
Keyhole surgeryp. 238
Prosthetic limbsp. 240
Brain implantsp. 242
Genetic testingp. 244
Assisted fertilityp. 246
Indexp. 248
Acknowledgmentsp. 256