The everyday workings of machines : how machines work, from toasters and trains to hovercrafts and robots / Steve Martin ; illustrated by Valpuri Kerttula
Book | Ivy Kids | 2020
1 hold on first copy returned of 2 copies

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48 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (page 48).
A world of machines -- Household machines: toasters and toilets -- At the mall: escalators and barcode scanners -- The car: how to start and how to stop -- In the air: from the wings to the engines -- Over and under the sea: hovercrafts and submarines -- Machines that turn: wind turbines and tidal turbines -- Measuring machines: thermometers and scales -- Machines to help you see: x-ray machines and microscopes -- Machines and sound: microphones, speakers, and cell phones -- Trains: from steam to electric -- Machines that move without fuel: bicycles and wheelbarrows -- At school: staplers and scissors -- Keeping it cool: refrigerators and air conditioning -- Warming it up: radiators and microwave ovens -- Machines for fun: radio-controlled toys and pogo sticks -- Machines to keep you safe: smoke alarms and door locks -- Machines up high: from tower cranes to mobile cranes -- The big one: the large hadron collider -- Robots: Mars rovers and machines that make machines -- Glossary -- Further reading.
How does a train stay on the tracks? What's going on inside a pogo stick? How do cranes work? And what happens when you flush a toilet? These and many more important questions are answered in this fascinating book. From toasters and telephones to hovercrafts and robots - the inner workings of machines big and small are brought to light using a stunning mix of cross-sections, close-ups and cutaways.
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