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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Trefil Narrator: Ed Blake Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1993 ISBN: 9781436169745
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Join bestselling science writer James Trefil on a fascinating field trip into the modern city that will open your eyes to the hidden wonders of the man-made world around you. Trefil teaches some surprising truths about the forces that shape our world, as well as some unusual possibilities for the cities of tomorrow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Trefil offers deft analogies to explain invisible forces like gravity in building architecture…[He has a] particular talent for lively explanation.” Publishers Weekly
  • “Emphasize[s] the ingenuity of engineers who figured out not only how to defy gravity, wind, and earthquakes but also how to communicate at high speeds in the digital language of bits and pixels. A refreshingly objective look at cities as technological marvels rather than aberrations of civilization.”


  • “The book can be read, and very enjoyably too, straight through. I can, as well, be used for research papers. It contains wonderful descriptions of scientific processes. The author stresses the need for understanding the laws of nature as technologies develop, as opposed to the use of ‘clever techniques,’ and he makes the learning of many of these laws almost painless.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Trefil’s appeal, as always, is in his painless presentation of the ideas: He beguiles with felicitous analogies…Laypeople’s science from one of the best in the business.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Notable Book

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Dick | 2/7/2013

    " Not a bad book, but not terribly engaging and there must be a better and more up-to-date book on the subject out by now. "

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