No, it isn't that Richard Scarry picture.
December 30, 2009 5:53 PM Subscribe
Yet another children's book ID request: I had a children's book with intricate black-blue-and-white-only diagrams illustrating internal combustion engines. It was unusually scientifically detailed for its intended age range (I was about 5 when we owned it, but my very fuzzy memory suggests the description of the engine cycle would not have been out of place in freshman physics). It may, additionally, have been about trains. More details are inside.
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Here's what I can recall, in decreasing order of certainty:
-- The illustrations were definitely black and blue ink only, not full-color and not B&W.
-- The diagrams showed the state of internal combustion engines, their pistons, etc. at various points in the stroke.
-- There was accompanying explanatory text which had a narrative feel, rather than just being captions to the awesome diagrams.
-- My copy was hardcover.
-- We owned this book in the late 80's. It may previously have belonged to my father, who was born in the 50's.
-- I'm pretty certain the book was wider than it was tall. (Maybe 6" x 10"? Maybe?)
-- I think the book was generally about trains, and also had diagrams of how train wheels were put together.
-- The book's cover may have been red (but I also read Mike Mulligan and his Steamshovel around the same time, so I might be conflating the two)
It's not much to go on, but Googling just gets me things I already know about the Stirling and Otto cycles. Please hope me, Metafilter!