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