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Saturday, October 15 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Way Things Work Now: David Macaulay

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David Macaulay, award-winning author of beloved works such as Cathedral, City, Castle, and Mosque, has, with humor and precision, depicted everything from buildings to machines to the human body. His worldwide bestseller The Way Things Work has now been updated to include machines of our modern era like 3D printers, touchscreens, and WiFi. The Boston Globe noted in its review of the original: “The Way Things Work is not the only book that has tried to explain modern mysteries, but it's the best. Macaulay's explanations are lucid; they are also fun. He includes visual puns, running jokes, a cast of thousands of tiny participants in on and around the machines, choirs of angels and lots of big woolly mammoths.” Meet David Macaulay as he discusses The Way Things Work Now with educator, computer scientist, musician, and photographer Michael Hawley. Sponsored by the Boston Public Library.

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Michael Hawley

Michael Hawley is the director of Special Projects and founder of MIT’s Go Expeditions program and has been on the faculty of MIT for nearly a decade, working on a wide array of creative projects with students in electrical engineering and in the Media Lab, where he held the Alex... Read More →

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David Macaulay

David Macaulay is a visual storyteller and self-described “explainer” whose illustrated books demonstrate the origins, makeup, and workings of objects--from everyday utilitarian items to great engineering accomplishments--in a way that is accessible and entertaining for all ages... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
BPL Rabb Hall