The Physics of Everyday Things by James Kakalios
The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day

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Once again, Kakalios makes physics relatable, this time demonstrating how profoundly its principles enable our way of life.


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 James Kakalios

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Author of The Physics of Superheroes, JAMES KAKALOIS is the Taylor Distinguished Professor and director of undergraduate studies in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. He has published more than one hundred physics papers and has conducted extensive research on a variety of obscure physical phenomena, ranging from the nano to the neuro, and in 2008 he served as the on-set science consultant for the filming of Watchmen. He lives in Minnesota.
Published May 16, 2017 by Crown. 258 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction
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on Mar 07 2017

Once again, Kakalios makes physics relatable, this time demonstrating how profoundly its principles enable our way of life.

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