The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day (Paperback)

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Physics is sometimes summed up as "the study of real things." No artificial categories, no assumptions. Kakalios takes us through what is for many a fairly ordinary day, describing the physics of items we routinely encounter: toasters, smart phones, motion sensors, etc. There's a lot that goes on in these mundane devices. So much so that the mechanics of a routine day are more remarkable than we think. — Nate George

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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.

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.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780770437756
ISBN-10: 0770437753
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English
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