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Curiosity in the Face of Immensity

“I grew up when you could stand in an elevator and sort of watch how parts of it worked,” the author and illustrator David Macaulay told me. “And maybe there was even somebody in the elevator who turned the crank, which was a physical movement.” Macaulay has made it his life’s task to explain technology to young people in books like The Way Things Work. But in recent decades, the world has made his job much harder, as technologies and systems important to daily life have vanished behind glossy surfaces, or into the ether.
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