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Science  23 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5756, pp. 1907
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5756.1907

Infrastructure. A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape. Brian Hayes. Norton, New York, 2005. 542 pp. $49.95, C$73. ISBN 0-393-05997-9.

CREDIT: BRIAN HAYES

Although it doesn't fit in a hip pocket, this guide will help any technotourist to identify structures commonly encountered (if often overlooked) in outdoors urban habitats and industrial landscapes. Through his striking photographs and informative text, Hayes explains what the manufactured objects are called and what they do. He covers hardware of mining, waterworks, agriculture, energy, communication, transportation, and waste disposal—such as oil-filled switches (above), used at substations to quench the arc that forms when a large electric current is interrupted.

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