The Physics of Everyday Things

The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day

by James Kakalios

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. 


Recent Reviews

The Physics of Everyday Things

kathryn crowther

4 Stars

This is an interesting look at the physics behind a lot of the things we take for granted throughout a day. I love that this book really engages your mind to think deeper about everyday things by learning to appreciate how they work. Not the…

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The Physics Underlying Every Day Technology

Jane Ahrens

3.5 Stars

This book takes the reader through a person's day and explains the workings of everyday machines and electronics, from a toaster to a OLED flat panel television. The author's goal is to explain the basic physics underlying the…

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A little too scientific...

Lynn Nelthropp

3 Stars

When I had the chance to read this, I jumped at it. The description made it seem right up my alley. I love witty scientific books.While I do think this was a pretty good and unique book, I felt like something was missing. The premise…

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Great Book for Intro to Physics

Gabriela Fernandez

3.5 Stars

I was really surprised by this book. I am not knowledgeable in physics, but I felt like this book is a great introduction to the subject in a realistic and everyday manner. It's applicable and memorable, so while I got to learn how ordinary…

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