This series provides coverage of 30 new household and high-interest products in each biennial set. Alphabetically arranged entries feature step-by-step descriptions of the manufacturing processes behind the products; sidebars of interesting facts including "Words to Know"; boxes highlighting interesting information about a particular product; and brief further information lists. New products covered in Series 3 include artificial heart, DVD player, gas mask, skyscraper and many more. Additional features include black-and-white photos and 55 technical drawings; a glossary of definitions for manufacturing and other scientific terms; and a general subject/name index cumulating all six volumes in the series.
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"...address 30 familiar items with no apparent relationship to one another. This set will be an excellent library addition. The user-friendly text of these books can serve middle and high school students as well as adults in a multitude of waysas a source of information for preparing research papers, as a casual way to learn more about items they see everyday, as a list of specific references about a wide variety of everyday objects, or as a source of trivia with which the reader may wow those around them. The publisher should guarantee that at least once while reading the text the reader will exclaim, 'I didn't know that!'"
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