A Field Guide to Roadside Technology
By Ed Sobey
(Chicago Review Press, Paperback, 9781556526091, 208pp.)
Publication Date: June 2006
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This fascinating handbook answers the questions of anyone who has ever wondered about the many strange devices found along the roadside, from utility poles to satellite dishes. Devices are grouped according to their habitatsalong highways and roads, atop buildings, near airports, and on utility towers. More than 150 different roadside technologies are covered, and each detailed entry describes what the device does, how it works, and also includes a photograph for easy identification. With helpful sidebars describing related technical issues such as why stoplights are constructed with the red light on top, this handbook for curious readers provides carefully detailed descriptions and the history behind many of the devices that roadside travelers take for granted.
Ed Sobey is the author of several hands-on science books, including Inventing Toys and Loco-Motion.
"Proves there really is a travel book out there for everyone.” Denver Post
"A useful little guide to all those puzzling doodads you see when the family takes its annual road trip." Atlanta Journal-Constitution