Monday, April 14, 2008

The Second Book

The next book is not a classic on some important subject. It is not a foundational book. It's just a book which will provide technological information on a ton of different inventions. This book is “The New Way Things Work” by David Macaulay. From a jet engine to sewing machines, this book will provide a civilization with hundreds of technical ideas. Note that it doesn't explain how to create these devices in complete detail, but if you understand that something is possible and understand the basics of how it will work, you should be able to figure out the rest.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Ellen said...

I liked this one as a kid and agree that it would be invaluable to an undeveloped civilization. Some of the biggest technological jumps have happen when someone like Leonardo just wondered what something would look like and how it would work... and this book would take years off the process.

11:02 a.m.  
Blogger Shawn Abigail said...

I bought this for the kids at the homeschool conference a year or two ago. I enjoy it myself... though I still don't understand how a sewing machine works.

7:35 p.m.  

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