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ZOOM David Macaulay
The New Way Things Work
Sold Out (Win95/98/Me/2000/Mac) (Jewel Case) (WAYWORKDJ)

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Multimedia


Ages: 8 to 108


4 stars from Electronic Entertainment

PC Gamer 1994 Award - Best Educational Product

From the Earliest Tools to the Latest Technology...

Join David Macaulay in his wacky world of machines, inventions and inventors. Discover the workings of more than 150 machines. Meet the great inventors from 7,000 BC to the present. And do it all with Macaulay's world-renowned mascot, the Great Woolly Mammoth, as your guide.

Dive into the Digital Domain
Explore an all-new virtual landscape exploding with the latest technology. From the Internet and Artificial Intelligence - to Mars Pathfinder, mobile phones and more.

Tap into Answers
Who invented it? And when? Where was it built? How does it work? With thousands of lightening-fast links, answers are a click away.

Track Your Knowledge
Pinpoint what you've seen (and what you haven't) with a 3-D landscape map. Even take the Mammoth School House challenge to see how much you know.

See How It Works
With humorous animations and detailed illustrations, all 22 Principles of Science come roaring to life.

  • 10 All-New Digital Age technologies
  • 150+ amazing machines and inventions
  • 22 Basic Principles of Science made easy
  • 25 live videos of illustrator, David Macaulay
  • 1,000+ super-detailed illustrations
  • 300+ wacky animations


Windows - Windows 95/98/Me/2000, 486DX/33MHz, 8MB of RAM (12MB for Windows 95, 16MB for Windows 98), 640x480 pixels, 256 colors (16 bit colors preferred), double speed CD-ROM drive, 8Mb hard disk space, 8 bit audio, loudspeakers or headphones, mouse.

Does not work on Windows XP.

Macintosh - System 7.0+, 68LC040 25MHz, 8MB of RAM, 640x480 pixels, 256 colors (thousands of colors recommended), double speed CD-ROM drive, 8MB hard disk space, 8 bit audio, loudspeakers of headphones, mouse.


Electronic Entertainment, January 1995

"How many wooly mammoths does it take to change a light bulb? Actually none, but it's nice to have one around when you're explaining how light bulbs work. In fact, the fuzzy mascot from David Macaulay's best-selling coffee-table book The Way Things Work makes regular appearances throughout the elaborately illustrated screens of DK Multimedia's new CD-ROM version of the book...Even if you're not the scientific type, The Way Things Work is a fun and fascinating addition to your multimedia library."

PC Gamer, March 1995

"The Way Things Work, from Dorling Kindersley Multimedia, is based on David Macaulay's popular book about machines and the scientific principles underlying them, and built on a hypermedia engine. Its wonderful design - complete with clear and entertaining explanations as well as animated examples of the principles it covers - make it appeal both to those who learn well through reading and those who prefer to see a concept in action.

"But above it all, The Way Things Work is fun. It encourages exploration, with cross-referenced entries on related machines and mechanical principles, and entertains as it teaches. It's utterly engaging - and what software, of any type, can hope to do better than that?"

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