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9780470170663

How Everything Works : Making Physics Out of the Ordinary

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  • ISBN13:

    9780470170663

  • ISBN10:

    0470170662

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-08-28
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

No one is better at making physics come to life than Louis Bloomfield. Widely recognized for his teaching of physics and science to non-science students at the University of Virginia, Professor Bloomfield is the co-host of the Discovery Channel television show “Some Assembly Required,” premiering in the fall of 2007.

Table of Contents

Things That Move
More Things That Move
Mechanical Things
More Mechanical Things
Things Involving Fluids
Things That Move With Fluids
Thermal Things
Things That Work With Heat
Things With Resonances and Mechanical Waves
Electric Things
Magnetic and Electromagnetic Things
Electronic Things
Things That Use Electromagnetic Waves
Things That Involve Light
Optical Things
Things That Use Recent Physics
Things That Involve Materials
Things That Involve Chemical Physics
Relevant Mathematics
Units, Conversion of Units
Glossary
Photo Credits
Index
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