Why do golf balls have dimples? How does an iPod turn binary digits into Bon Jovi? How do microwave ovens cook? How does a pitcher make a curveball curve and a knuckleball jitter? Why don't you fall off an upside-down roller coaster?
If one didn't know better, one might think the world was filled with magic—from the household appliances that make our lives easier to the devices that fill our world with sounds and images. Even a simple light bulb can seem mysterious when you're clueless about the science behind it.
Now in How Everything Works, Louis Bloomfield takes you inside the amazing gizmos and gadgets that are part of the fabric of our everyday life, explaining the physics that makes them work. Examining everything from roller coasters to radio, knuckleballs to nuclear weapons, How Everything Works reveals the answers to such questions as why the sky is blue, why metal is a problem in microwave ovens, how MRIs see inside you, and why some clothes require dry cleaning.
You don't need a science or engineering background to understand How Everything Works. All you need is an active curiosity about the extraordinary world all around you. Remarkably clear and always fascinating, How Everything Works is nothing short of a user's manual for our everyday world.
Louis A. Bloomfield
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[Update 09/07/2015: This book, like physics itself, stands the test of time. Since writing this review in 2008, I was lucky enough to find 2 other excellent books that should be on every reader's bookshelf. See the end of this review for details and links.]
I have bought hundreds of things from Amazon, books and otherwise, and have never felt the need to leave a review. This book is so phenomenal in its clarity, depth, and topic range that I simply feel obligated to rave.
Although I'm a grad student in CS my knowledge of physics is very weak, and there was a time when I dreaded physics in college. So when I ordered this book I was expecting something along the lines of an idiots guide. When it arrived, the textbook-like layout almost scared me off from reading, but when I started I couldn't put it down.
Almost every big question I've asked myself about the physics of the world I live in is answered clearly in this book, given our...
Professor Lou is an outstanding teacher and his lessons come alive in his books. THIS IS NOT THE CURRENT EDITION. I knew that when I bought it because, as an educator, I was interested in the concepts and the physics did not change between editions. This book (this edition or newer ones) would be a benefit to science teachers, home schoolers, science students (probably middle school to lower part of high school), and anyone interested in understanding the physics around everyday life. Science in HS was boring to many -- Lou brings it alive and makes it easy to understand. And without lots of math :)
This book is a real bargain for the price. It's loaded with great information. Call this physics you can understand because it is explained clearly using everyday examples in a way that you can understand. It is NOT overly technical.
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