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Physics professor, bestselling author, and dynamic storyteller James Kakalios reveals the mind-bending science behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from our smart phones and digital “clouds” to x-ray machines and hybrid vehicles.
Most of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What’s the simple science behind motion sensors, touch screens, and toasters? How do we glide through tolls using an E-Z Pass, or find our way to new places using GPS? In The Physics of Everyday Things, James Kakalios takes us on an amazing journey into the subatomic marvels that underlie so much of what we use and take for granted.
Breaking down the world of things into a single day, Kakalios engages our curiosity about how our refrigerators keep food cool, how a plane manages to remain airborne, and how our wrist fitness monitors keep track of our steps. Each explanation is coupled with a story revealing the interplay of the astonishing invisible forces that surround us. Through this “narrative physics,” The Physics of Everyday Things demonstrates that—far from the abstractions conjured by terms like the Higgs Boson, black holes, and gravity waves—sophisticated science is also quite practical. With his signature clarity and inventiveness, Kakalios ignites our imaginations and enthralls us with the principles that make up our lives.
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About the Author
JAMES KAKALIOS is the Taylor Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Minnesota and the author of the bestselling The Physics of Superheroes.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 You Begin Your Day 1
Chapter 2 You Drive into the City 29
Chapter 3 You Go to the Doctor 57
Chapter 4 You Go to the Airport 87
Chapter 5 You Take a Flight 115
Chapter 6 You Give a Business Presentation 141
Chapter 7 You Go to a Hotel 177
Figure Captions 233
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am still a curious person, I love learning and understanding how things work, Science applied in technology deliver us devices and artifacts that I understand less and less. But as I continue to amaze myself and to be interested in learning new things, this book caught my attention. Reading has been very nice, the content is appropriate for a person of average education is accessible without going into overwhelming detail. Topics range from simple explanations such as the functioning of a toaster, or electric toothbrush, to something a little more complex like an electronic thermometer, keyless remote control, lithium battery, self-parking feature, touch screen, a magnetic resonance imaging Scan or a high-speed train. I am very grateful to the people involved in making this knowledge available to the public in an educational and accessible way, from the people who design very well the devices that we use intuitively without having to understand the research behind them. I recognize that knowledge has changed our lives dramatically in the last 200 years has been a collective effort of many researchers, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, etc. My gratitude to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book