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Neil Ardley (1937–2004)

Autor/a de The New Way Things Work

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Obres de Neil Ardley

The New Way Things Work (1998) — Autor — 1,789 exemplars
Music (Eyewitness Books) (1989) 709 exemplars
101 Great Science Experiments (1993) 670 exemplars
A Young Person's Guide to Music (1992) 165 exemplars
Dictionary of Science (1994) 130 exemplars
The science book of light (1991) 86 exemplars
The Science Book of Magnets (1991) 72 exemplars
The science book of air (1991) 69 exemplars
Science Book of Sound (1991) 67 exemplars
Science Book of Water (1991) 66 exemplars
Science Book of Electricity (1991) 61 exemplars
Science Book of Machines (1992) 38 exemplars
The Science Book of Motion (1992) 36 exemplars
The World of the Atom (1989) 33 exemplars
Why Things Are (1984) 31 exemplars
Science Book of Hot and Cold (1992) 30 exemplars
Birds (1951) 16 exemplars
1001 Questions and Answers (1981) 16 exemplars
Hot and Cold (Action Science) (1901) 10 exemplars
Water (Fun with Science) (1998) 8 exemplars
Dams (1989) 7 exemplars
Let's look at birds (1977) 7 exemplars
Colour (Fun with Science) (1998) 7 exemplars
Sun and Light (Action Science) (1983) 7 exemplars
Computers (1983) 7 exemplars
Skin, hair, and teeth (1988) 6 exemplars
Exploring the Universe (1987) 5 exemplars
Man and Space (New Ref. Lib.) (1978) 5 exemplars
Oil Rigs (1990) 4 exemplars
Space: Knowledge for Children (2004) 4 exemplars
Birds of Britain and Europe (1978) 4 exemplars
Bird-Watching (1978) 4 exemplars
Verrassende proeven met geluid (1991) 3 exemplars
Bridges (1990) 3 exemplars
Stars (Starters facts) (1981) 3 exemplars
Heat (Way It Works) (1992) 3 exemplars
Weather (Science for kids) (1992) 2 exemplars
World of Tomorrow (1981) 2 exemplars
Things That Grow (1998) 2 exemplars
Science for Kids - Energy (1992) 2 exemplars
My Own Science Encyclopaedia (1987) 2 exemplars
Air (Science for kids) (1991) 2 exemplars
Movement (1992) 2 exemplars
Flight (Just look at) (1984) 2 exemplars
Giochiamo con la luce (1991) 2 exemplars
Vögel beobachten. (1985) 2 exemplars
Les Cinq sens (1993) 2 exemplars
Machines (Science for kids) (1992) 2 exemplars
Diccionario de la Ciencia (1901) 1 exemplars
A zene könyve (1981) 1 exemplars
101 grandes experimentos (1997) 1 exemplars
La Couleur = Colour (1992) 1 exemplars
Cosas en movimiento (1901) 1 exemplars
Química elemental (1901) 1 exemplars
Música y sonido (1901) 1 exemplars
Experimentos con agua (1901) 1 exemplars
Musika (1901) 1 exemplars
Le misurazioni 1 exemplars
Wat weet je 1 exemplars
Giochiamo con l'acqua (1991) 1 exemplars
L'aria e il volo 1 exemplars
Il magnetismo (1988) 1 exemplars
Il computer (1988) 1 exemplars
Chimica facile 1 exemplars
Il sole e la luce 1 exemplars
L'acqua 1 exemplars
Le forze 1 exemplars
Il movimento 1 exemplars
Giochiamo con l'Aria (1991) 1 exemplars
My Science Book of Senses (1992) 1 exemplars
Sound (Science for kids) (1991) 1 exemplars
Op het spoor van de materie (1997) 1 exemplars
L'eau (1991) 1 exemplars
Sun and Light (1983) 1 exemplars
Sound (Fun with Science) (1998) 1 exemplars
L'Air = Air (1991) 1 exemplars
Hur funkar det? (1988) 1 exemplars
Bird Life (1979) 1 exemplars
Starters Facts Green 2: Moon (1980) 1 exemplars
Che cos'e? 1 exemplars
Colour (Science for kids) (1991) 1 exemplars
Light (Science for kids) (1991) 1 exemplars
Vogels 1 exemplars
A zene könyve (1983) 1 exemplars
El mundo de la ciencia (1978) 1 exemplars
Unibertsoa (1990) 1 exemplars
El universo de los jóvenes (1901) 1 exemplars
Universe (Just Look at S) (1978) 1 exemplars

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archivomorero | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Jun 25, 2022 |
This book has a lot of good information, and, for the most part, the explanations are decently and concisely done. This was a big undertaking, and the end result is... okay. I feel like it's a near miss for what it could have been.

One primary issue was the choice of illustrations. In many circumstances (zippers, inclined planes, etc.) the quasi-cartoony drawings don't matter. But because the book kept with that theme, once it started to get into describing engines and more complicated mechanics, I didn't think the drawings really cut it. If you're introducing this to someone for presumably the first time, more realistic drawings or, gosh, even a picture, would have REALLY helped get some ideas across.

Also, "thematically", ideas didn't go for more than two pages. So I was quite surprised by how short some of the explanations were. I get that is aimed at children, but I did think some of the explanations needed a bit more. I used to review engineering topics in schools, and the steps were a little easier to tackle.

For example, the binary details. The book has a narrative use of mammoths throughout. The mammoth is struggling, with various issues, and inventions help him along. (I think this could help keep interest for those less interested in the topics. For those who are more technically-minded and in it for just the info, these sections becoming annoying things to skip.) The author uses his mammoth narrative and a fictional pumpkin patch to try and draw an analogy to how binary works, and that's the introduction. He says there are two digits, and then goes to explain the on-off basis of computers. I thought the mammoth/pumpkin patch mess was an awful attempt at shortening a binary explanation, and he would have been much better served to take an extra paragraph and just cleanly lay out the traditional power of 2s -for those who want to understand.

There were dozens of instances where I couldn't see what age this book was aiming at. I also didn't understand why the author seemed completely gung-ho against equations of any kind. Again, I guess that was the theme. But there are lots of connections where a clean little equation REALLY makes the idea, and those were left completely out. And they belong! For people like myself, those help a bunch.

I had the older version of this book as a child, and I never took to it. I went on to major in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, so it wasn't the subjects. Now that I look back as this an adult, I can see why it didn't suit me. This isn't quite right for the young who are really keen on the topics.

Speaking of which...

A few quotes: "The principle of conversation of energy holds good and all machines obey. Or nearly all. Nuclear machines are an exception." And then: "A nuclear reaction in fact creates energy; it does not convert one form of energy into another."

Magic!

The author does later mention mass to energy, briefly (and not to my satisfaction). And of course we can't have the E=mc^2 equation; that'd be sacrilege. But to put the first quote in your introduction, and then include the second quote your blurb out nuclear energy makes it sound like reactors are breaking Newton's laws, and that mass and energy aren't also in a closed system... that's converting energy.

There's more minor things that I just have to mention. Before discussing reactors, the book mentions fission is specific to either uranium or plutonium, and fusion by hydrogen. Really, the process should be explained, because it's misleading to think it's limited to those elements without explaining why those elements are used. Nitpicky, perhaps, but this is my wheelhouse.

Then, there's this gem, when describing nuclear fusion, "Radiation is not emitted." Blinks. (To be fair, the author does mention neutrons, and I know not everyone counts that as radiation. Regardless.) He had just described the gamma radiation from fission, so I'm assuming the author was on the same kick. But to say no radiation is emitted from fusion reactions?? Wow. That is bold. (Shush, alpha and beta! Nobody cares about you! Be scarier!) And are ya reallllly sure there aren't any gamma rays in fusion? I'm stunned.

I feel bad for being caught up on those few pages in a 400 page book. But I can't get over it. If I feel misled in areas where my knowledge is strong, then I start to be wary of the other information. I knew a lot of it, but not all. Suddenly I don't trust you, Mr. Macaulay.

Anyway. Back to my first thoughts. It's decent. Not great. If someone wants a general overview, this would be okay. If a young'n has a sincere interest in engineering, I would look elsewhere.
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Allyoopsi | Hi ha 13 ressenyes més | Jun 22, 2022 |

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