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Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:

[book] From Radio to the Wireless Web— Joanne Mattern

Published by Enslow Publishers, 2002.

Cell phones, pagers, handheld computers, global positioning systems, satellite television. Chances are, you’ve used at least one of these technologies in your daily life. And if you have, you’ve communicated without wires. Find out how wireless technology evolved, starting from Guglielmo Marconi’s wireless telegraphy. This book describes radios, early telecommunications satellites, and modern satellite car radios, as well as cordless phones, cellular phones, and pagers. The final chapters introduce the wireless Web and speculate on the future of high-tech communication.

[book] How the Future Began: Machines— Clive Gifford

Published by Kingfisher Books/Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, 1999.

Using photographs and timelines, this colorful book not only examines the origins of the machines we use today but also speculates on what machines may be doing tomorrow. Four sections explore the roles of machines in industry, the technology of power sources, military machines, and machines in daily life and in space. From the dawn of the Industrial Revolution to a future where we may reshape Mars, machines have had an enormous influence on our lives.

[book] Internet: Electronic Global Village— David Jefferis

Published by Crabtree Publishing, 2002.

The Internet has already probably changed your life. In this book, you’ll discover how it may affect your future. Question-and-answer boxes and colorful photographs pepper the book’s double-page spreads, which explore topics ranging from Web browsers to computer security. The prospects of new technologies such as e-fridges, future weaponry, and digital cameras are touched upon in this wide-ranging discussion of what a wired world might be like.

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Power Words

electromagnet A magnet that gets its force of attraction from an electric current. Electromagnets are made of a coil of wire wrapped around a piece of iron. When an electric current runs through the wire the iron becomes a magnet; when the current stops, the magnetism goes away.

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