I took everything difficult in school, even calculus. In that sense, we have become slaves to our machines whose service has become essential to us. Those with no science background may find the explanations a challenge because the author assumes a fair amount of underlying knowledge, while those with a science background will find them simplistic and too brief. My low rating is because I like my books to teach me difficult things painlessly, and to hold my attention. . There were a few typos and other grammatical errors, but that was to be expected from an uncorrected proof, as this was an advance copy.
However, he also highlights technology we take for granted, or technology that it might never occur to us to question how it works. The title and description lead me to believe this was going to be an approachable way to look at the science of our everyday lives. For each technology, the science is carefully explained, and occasionally includes simple illustrations. Technology has changed so much in the past century. You won't find a better, more enjoyable tour guide to how the laws of physics explain the world all around us. The frame is that the author takes a hypothetical person through a typical day and describes and explains the physics behind all of the everyday technologies with which that person interacts.
Through this narrative physics, The Physics of Everyday Things demonstrates thatfar from the abstractions conjured by terms like the Higgs Boson, black holes, and gravity wavessophisticated science is also quite practical. Overall, this was an enjoyable book and very informative. Kakalios is of the opinion that the most unrealistic aspect of the comic-book universe is often the sociology. On the other hand, the language attempts to be approachable but it fails at making complicated concepts easy to digest. A group of visitors ride through a park that houses dinosaurs recreated from ancient fossils and held under a tight leash by clever technical devices. It will show you how toasting a bagel involves a large number of various physical disciplines thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and electrodynamics, to name the most important.
He finally has a diagram later, on page 43. This quick and easy read follows a man through an ordinary day and the technology he interacts with throughout the day. Disclaimer: I received an uncorrected proof of this book for the purpose of writing this review. Queste tensioni si possono poi amplificare elettronicamente e, quando sono inviate a un altoparlante, i suoni originali possono essere resi molto piú forti. Kakalios has tried his best to give an easy-to-read narrative, but there are quite a few places at which the lay reader would find the going tough. But as I continue to amaze myself and to be interested in learning new things, this book caught my attention. Trasmettitore di Microonde: - I forni a microonde impiegano onde elettromagnetiche generate da un congegno simile, in termini elettronici, a un trasmettitore radio.
On the other hand, the language attempts to be approachable but it fails at making complicated concepts easy to digest. The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day is the kind of book that makes you feel guilty for your low rating because it exposes the undeniable truth of your own stupidity. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my hopes. Onde sonore: - Mentre le onde elettromagnetiche si possono propagare nel vuoto, le onde sonore non possono esistere senza un mezzo di supporto, sia esso un gas, un liquido o un solido. Most of the popular science books I read examine science with a historical mindset. This approach provides a nice narrative tool for examining a wide variety of technological tools of daily life, like X-rays, Wi-Fi, and smartphones.
What s the simple p 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. Which would have been fine, except for factor number two: I am a visual learner. That's where this book shines. For me, that's a lot to take away, and so for me the pull was worth it. In many respects that's what this book is. Here's another example of his writing when discussing a thermometer and the thermal expansion of a liquid when heated. I did learn some pretty neat stuff, but my eyes glazed over for most of it and every page was a concentrated force of will to keep going.
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. Each explanation is coupled with a story revealing the interplay of the astonishing invisible forces that surround us. A new world awaits you in this accessible and charming volume by James Kakalios, who takes you through an ordinary day that becomes extraordinary through his clear examples. One of my favourite examples might be an explosive trace detector, as seen in airport security screenings. James Kakalios, usando la sua conoscenza e il supporto del libro di Louis Bloomfield e dei siti e , combina scienza e narrativa in un libro parecchio interessante. Krauss, Director of the Origins Project and author of A Universe from Nothing and The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far.
Some of his explanations were great, such as the movie theater illustration representing semiconductors. As long as their cell phone has enough bars to make a phone call or get onto Facebook they are happy. 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. 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. Disclaimer, I have an undergraduate degree in engineering, so the content wasn't foreign or difficult to grasp. The episodic character of the explanations about scientific principles of things commonly found in seven different settings Home, at the start of your day; your Drive to work; Doctor's visit; Airport and flying; Presentations, largely information science based; Hotel stay was not completely satisfactory. 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.
It might have been easier for me to understand if the items were a little bit more grouped by some of the principles they employed. Kakalios explains the science behind everything from electric toothbrushes, fitbits and hybrid cars to touchscreens, x-rays and those electronic keys in a hotel room. This book is not meant for the everyday person, regardless of what it says. Each explanation is coupled with a story revealing the interplay of the astonishing invisible forces that surround us. Some of the descriptions and explanations went into a lot of detail, while others just seemed to skim the surface. Most of the items may not be things that the reader may not interact with daily, but the familiarity is there.