The Things We Make: An In-Store Discussion with Bill Hammack

We are excited to host Bill Hammack for an in-store discussion to celebrate the release of his new book, The Things We Make! Bill Hammack, a Carl Sagan award-winning professor of engineering and viral "The Engineer Guy" on Youtube, has a lifelong passion for the things we make, and how we make them. Now, for the first time, he reveals the invisible method behind every invention and takes us on a whirlwind tour of how humans built the world we know today. 

This event is free with registration, please CLICK HERE to register. 

More About The Things We MakeFor millennia, humans have used one simple method to solve problems. Whether it's planting crops, building skyscrapers, developing photographs, or designing the first microchip, all creators follow the same steps to engineer progress. But this powerful method, the "engineering method," is an all but hidden process that few of us have heard of that influences every aspect of our lives. From the grand stone arches of medieval cathedrals to the mundane modern soda can, Hammack explains the golden rule of thumb that underlies every new building technique, every technological advancement, and every creative solution that leads us one step closer to a better, more functional world. Spanning centuries and cultures, Hammack offers a fascinating perspective on how humans engineer solutions in a world full of problems.

A book unlike any other, The Things We Make is a captivating examination of the method that keeps pushing humanity forward, a spotlight on the achievements of the past, and a celebration of the potential of our future that will change the way we see the world around us. 

Adam Grant, bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast Re: Thinking, says"This book unravels the mysteries behind humanity's greatest masterpieces. Bill Hammack is not just an expert on designing and building--he's a gifted communicator. His infectious enthusiasm leaps off the page as he reveals how you can learn to think like an engineer even if you don't love math."

More About the Author: Bill Hammack is a professor of engineering at the University of Illinois and the host of the engineerguy Youtube channel. His work has received nine national awards from a diverse group of engineering, scientific, and journalistic societies. In 2019 he was the recipient of the prestigious Carl Sagan Award. He lives in Chicago with his family, you can find out more about him at


Event date: 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
The Things We Make: The Unknown History of Invention from Cathedrals to Soda Cans By Bill Hammack Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728215754
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Sourcebooks - March 21st, 2023

Discover the secret method used to build the world…