Title: The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day
Author: James Kakalios
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books, in exchange for an honest review.
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 physics 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 wild subatomic world that underlies so much of what we use and take for granted.
Breaking down the world of things into sections that outline a single day, Kakalios satisfies our curiosity about how our refrigerators keep our 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 showing the astonishing science at work and revealing the interplay of the invisible forces that surround us. Through this narrative physics, The Physics of Everyday Things demonstrates that far from the abstractions conjured by phrases like the Higgs Boson, black holes, and gravity waves sophisticated science is also quite practical. With his signature clarity and cleverness, Kakalios enthralls us with the principles that make up our lives and opens our imaginations.”
You may be asking yourself what led me to this book? And the simplest answer was the AP physics class I took last year. I am not the most science/mathematically inclined person but a couple years I had this obsession with theoretical physics that followed me into the beginning of last year and made me interested behind the concept of this book. One thing I will start of with, is that you do need a basic understanding of high school level physics (or at least a vague recollection of certain terms). As a whole, the book was OK. There were certain times it would read like a textbook and other times it was quite entertaining.
There were a few topics in the book that I really enjoyed such as the reason why airplanes stay up (the concept is surprisingly quite simple) and why we don’t have self driving cars (at least not yet). It explains how CAT scans function as well as touch screen. There were tons of illustrations throughout the book to help you visualize the processes. One of the drawbacks I had was that I couldn’t read it in one sitting but in short bursts, but besides that I think it was a worthwhile read and would definitely recommend it to y’all. Especially if you like STEM type things.
Do you like science or math related things? And/or have you read this book? I’d love to discuss!