The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body

The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body

By: David Macaulay
With: Richard Walker
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Company
Publication Date: 2008

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Every wonder how you breathe, or why? Or what happens to broccoli once your teeth are done with it?  or how your eyes turn at the same time and in the same direction? Most of us don't give much thought to these and countless other everyday tasks our bodies perform automatically so that we can get on with our lives.  And yet of all the complex things we will encounter over the years, the human body may be the most remarkable of all—certainly the most important.  But because our bodies are usually so dependable, they are the first tings we learn to take for granted.

MacArthur fellow and Caldecott medalist David Macaulay was no exception and happily remained ignorant of much that was going on inside him. Although known for his curiosity about both simple and complicated things, from why buildings stand up to how machines use energy to do all sorts of work, he'd managed to overlook the most amazing collection of machines and contraptions all inside one remarkable structure.  Now Macaulay has turned his attention from the way things work to the way we work.  Using his unique perspective and often slightly irreverent humor, Macaulay leads his readers on a highly visual journey through the basic workings of the human body.  In seven comprehensive sections he and coauthor Richard Walker take us from the cells of which we are formed to the individual systems they build.  Each double-page spread explores a different aspect of this complex structure while gradually constructing as straightforward an overview as possible of the links between the inner workings of the body and the world outside.  

There is no other book like The Way We Work—David Macaulay introduces you to you.

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