A Field Guide to Roadside Technology: (Paperback)

By Edwin J. C. Sobey

Chicago Review Press, 9781556526091, 204pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2006



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 habitats--along 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.

About the Author

Ed Sobey is the author of several hands-on science books, including "Inventing Toys" and "Loco-Motion."

Praise For A Field Guide to Roadside Technology:

"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