Books: How

THE WAY THINGS WORK: AN ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TECHNOLOGY. 590 pages. Simon & Schusfer. $8.95.

In this technological age, the world has long been divided into two camps. There are those who want to know how the complex machines that are so much a part of their lives really work; and there are those who couldn't care less, as long as the machines somehow keep functioning. For those who nourish any technical curiosity at all—if only because they would like to respond with a semblance of intelligence to their children's questions—this lucid book provides a thorough collection of answers.

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