The Marvels of Modern Industry and Invention the Interesting Stories of Common Things the Mysterious Processes of Nature

 

This book is presented to those, both young and old, who wish to have a non-technical account of the history, evolution and production of some of the every-day wonders of the modern industrial age; coupled with occasional glimpses of the wonderful object-lessons afforded by nature in her constructive activities in the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms; and simple, understandable answers to the myriad puzzling questions arising daily in the minds of those for whom the fascination of the “Why” and “How” is always engrossing.

The Wonder Book of Knowledge

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    • Preface
    • The Story of the Submarine    
    • Origin of Submarine Navigation.    
    • The American Types
    • Twentieth Century Submarines.    
    • Engine Power.    
    • The Periscope.    
    • The Voyage of the “Deutschland.”    
    • Submarine Dredging.    
    • The Story of the Panama Canal    
    • The United States to the Rescue.    
    • The Canal and the Navy.
    • The Great Canal.    
    • The Hydroelectric Station.    
    • Gigantic Obstacles.
    • Gatun Dam.
    • Meeting all Emergencies.
    • A Battle Won.
    • What is a Geyser?
    • What Kind of Dogs are Prairie-Dogs?
    • What is Spontaneous Combustion?    
    • The Story in the Talking Machine    
    • What are Petrified Forests?    
    • What Animals are the Best Architects?    
    • The Story of the Motorcycle    
    • How is the Weather Man Able to Predict Tomorrow’s Weather?    
    • How does a Siren Fog Horn Blow?    
    • The Story in a Watch    
    • How does a Monorail Gyroscope Railway Operate?    
    • Why are Finger-prints Used for Identification?    
    • The Story in a Rifle    
    • How It Began.    
    • The Earliest Hunters.    
    • A Nameless Edison.    
    • What They Saw.    
    • The Use of Slings.    
    • Something Better.    
    • A Fortunate Accident.    
    • What Came of It.    
    • A Great Variety.    
    • As to Arrows.    
    • A Shooting Machine.    
    • What It Was.    
    • And Now for Chemistry.    
    • Playing with Fire.    
    • What Two Monks Discovered.    
    • The Coming of the Matchlock.    
    • The Gun of Our Ancestors.    
    • Caps and Breech-Loaders.    
    • From Henry VIII to Cartridges.    
    • A Refusal and What Came of It.    
    • The Beginning of Precision in Mechanics.    
    • The First Government Contract.    
    • Making Barrels.    
    • Taking off 2⁄1000 of an Inch.    
    • The Making of Ammunition Today.    
    • Handling Deadly Explosives.    
    • Extreme Precautions.    
    • How does an Artesian Well Keep Up Its Supply of Water?    
    • Where do Dates Come From?    
    • The Story of Rubber    
    • How was Rubber First Used?    
    • What is a Rubber Camp Like?    
    • How is Rubber Gathered by the Natives?    
    • How is Rubber Smoked?    
    • How was Vulcanizing Discovered?    
    • How did Rubber Growing Spread to Other Places?    
    • How is Rubber Cured on Modern Plantations?
    • How is Crude Rubber Received Here?    
    • How is Rubber Prepared for Use?    
    • How are Rubber Shoes Made?    
    • How are Automobile Tires Made?    
    • How did the Expression “Before you can say Jack Robinson” Originate?    
    • What is an Aerial Railway Like?    
    • Why are They Called “Newspapers”?    
    • How Did the Cooking of Food Originate?    
    • How Far Away is the Sky-Line?    
    • The `Story of Rope    
    • Civilized Rope Makers.    
    • Hand Spinning.
    • Machine-made Ropes.    
    • American Hemp.    
    • Manila and Sisal Fibers.    
    • Wire Ropes.    
    • Pine Tar for Ropes.
    • Why does Rope Cling Together?    
    • What is Rope Used for?    
    • How did the Expression “A-1” Originate?    
    • How has Man Helped Nature Give Us Apples?    
    • What Kind of a Crab Climbs Trees?    
    • How are Files Made?    
    • The Story of Self-Loading Pistols    
    • Colt Pistols.    
    • Machine Guns.    
    • How does the Poisonous Tarantula Live?    
    • How do the Indians Live Now?    
    • How does the Beach Get Its Sand?    
    • How did Nodding the Head Up and Down Come to Mean “Yes”?    
    • Why do We Call a Man “a Benedict” When He Marries?
    • The Story in Firecrackers and Sky-Rockets    
    • What Makes a Chimney Smoke?    
    • What are Dry Docks Like?    
    • Why does a Lightning Bug Light Her Light?    
    • The Story in the Making of a Picture    
    • How Deep is the Deepest Part of the Ocean?    
    • Why do We Say “Get the Sack”?    
    • Why do We Call Them X-Rays?    
    • How did the Term “Yankee” Originate?    
    • Why do We Say “Kick the Bucket”?    
    • When does a Tortoise Move Quickly?    
    • The Story in a Newspaper    
    • What do We Mean by the “Flying Dutchman”?    
    • Why does a Duck’s Back Shed Water?    
    • Why doesn’t the Sky ever Fall Down?    
    • How are Sand-Dunes Formed?    
    • What do We Mean by an “Eclipse”?    
    • What are Dreams?    
    • What Makes Our Teeth Chatter?    
    • The Story in a Honey-Comb    
    • Where do Figs Come From?    
    • What are “Fighting Fish”?    
    • How is the Exact Color of the Sky Determined?    
    • What is a “Divining Rod”?    
    • The Story of Electricity in the Home    
    • The Traveler’s Iron.    
    • Electric Cooking Appliances.    
    • Divided into Three Classes.    
    • Electric Toaster.    
    • Electric Coffee Percolator.    
    • Machine Type Percolator.    
    • Two Distinct Types of Heating Elements.    
    • Baking and Roasting.    
    • Why is there Always a Soft Spot in a Cocoanut Shell?    
    • How does a Gasoline Motor Run an Electric Street Car?    
    • How do “Carrier Pigeons” Carry Messages?    
    • What Family has Over 9,000,000 Members?    
    • The Story in the Telephone    
    • Essential Factor in American Life.    
    • America Leads in Telephone Growth.    
    • American Telephone Practice Superior.    
    • The First Transcontinental Line.    
    • Wireless Speech Transmission.    
    • The Mobilization of Communication.    
    • Why do They Call Them “Fiddler-Crabs”?    
    • How Far can a Powerful Searchlight Send Its Rays?    
    • What Started the Habit of Touching Glasses Before Drinking?    
    • Why are Windows Broken by Explosions?    
    • What does the Expression “Showing the White Feather” Come From?    
    • The Story in Elevators and Escalators    
    • The Escalator.    
    • The Cleat Escalator.    
    • The Moving Platform.    
    • What Happens when Animals Hibernate?    
    • How do Peanuts Get in the Ground?    
    • How did Your State Get Its Name?    
    • The Story of Coal Mining    
    • How can We Hear through the Walls of a Room?    
    • What is a Diesel Engine Like?    
    • What does the Sheep-Grower Get for the Wool in a Suit of Clothes?    
    • The Story in a Silver Teaspoon    
    • The Blank.    
    • Squeezed.    
    • Rolling.    
    • Clipping.    
    • Annealing.    
    • The Evolution of a Spoon.    
    • The Evolution of a Knife.    
    • How do Chimes Strike the Hour?    
    • How is Electricity Brought into a House?    
    • What was the Origin of Masonic Signs?    
    • What is a Dictograph?    
    • The Story of the Wireless Telegraph    
    • What is Forestry Work?    
    • How did the Fashion of Wearing Cravats Commence?    
    • How does the Gas Meter Measure Your Gas?    
    • What is a Game Preserve?    
    • The Story of the Building of a Silo    
    • What is a Silo?    
    • The First Silo.    
    • What is Put in the Silo?    
    • Elements of Success or Failure.    
    • The Story of the Advance of Electricity    
    • The First Commercial Central Station.    
    • The Old Pearl Street Plant.    
    • Edison and the Electric Light.    
    • In the Trenches.    
    • Edison as a Central Station Pioneer.    
    • Early Growth.    
    • The Waterside Stations.    
    • Electricity a Living Factor.    
    • In the Printing Trade.    
    • Construction.    
    • Loft Manufacturing.    
    • Electric Heating.    
    • Electricity and Safety.    
    • Electricity in Medicine.
    • Electric Vehicles.    
    • Electricity and the Home.    
    • Decreased Cost of Electricity.    
    • How is Die-Sinking Done?    
    • The Story in the Making of a Magazine    
    • How did the Ringing of the Curfew Originate?    
    • The Story of America’s First Horseless Carriage    
    • The Story in a Sausage    
    • Why do We Call them “Dog-Days”?    
    • How is a Five Dollar Gold Piece Made?    
    • How does a Bird Fly?    
    • The