Do you ever stop to wonder about the things you are using or the things around you?
If the answer is yes then you will love Theodore Gray’s latest book How Things Work: The Inner Life of Everyday Machines.
Most ideas and things don’t just originate completely out of the dark. There is inspiration involved. Ideas and things actually piggy-back off of prior ideas and things. In this book Gray shows us that many of the objects we take for granted provided the foundation for today’s civilization. For example, he shows how something like a padlock started out simple and evolved over time leading to the concept of computer encryption. A lock is an exclusionary device as it’s purpose is to keep things in and others out. A lock has become ever more complex from its simple origins to the point of being able to differentiate who should be let in and who should be kept out. Cryptography would not be possible without .
There is some fascinating information in this book about things. And, just like his other books, there is some illustrious photography that accompanies each object. What he did for the elements and science he now has done for things.
Now, if you will excuse me while I explore the inner workings of the weaving factory.
Until next time, good reading.