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How Everything Works: Making Physics Out of the Ordinary ebook

by Louis A. Bloomfield


Although Bloomfield demonstrates considerable knowledge about the history of science and technology, his aim is. .Update 09/07/2015: This book, like physics itself, stands the test of time

Although Bloomfield demonstrates considerable knowledge about the history of science and technology, his aim is clearly to explain how things work rather than how they were developed. Thus his treatment of the transistor very appropriately jumps straight to the field-effect transistor, which is fairly easy to understand, without first explaining its more complex predecessor, the bipolar transistor.

n How Everything Works, Louis Bloomfield explains the physics behind the ordinary objects and natural phenomena all around us, and unravels the mysteries of how things work. Inside, you'll find easy-to-understand answers to scores of fascinating questions, including: How do microwave ovens cook food, and why does metal sometimes cause sparks in a microwave? How does an iPod n How Everything Works, Louis Bloomfield explains the physics behind the ordinary objects and natural phenomena all around us, and unravels the mysteries of how things work. Inside, you'll find easy-to-understand.

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.

Now in How Everything Works, Louis Bloomfield explains the physics behind the ordinary objects and natural phenomena all around us, and unravels the mysteries of how things work.

Louis A. Bloomfield is Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia. Bloomfield also straightened me out on the difference between a turbojet engine (above, right) and a turbofan engine (left), a distinction I hadn't at all appreciated

Louis A. He also works extensively with professional societies and the media to explain physics to the general public. Bloomfield received his P. from Stanford and was a postdoctoral fellow at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Bloomfield also straightened me out on the difference between a turbojet engine (above, right) and a turbofan engine (left), a distinction I hadn't at all appreciated. And he even clued me in on why the front fork of a child's bike isn't curved forward. All but the most hard-core technophile should find many similar moments of enlightenment in this delightfully informative book.

Skip to main content. How Everything Works. Because of the atmosphere’s contribution to the earth’s thermal radiation, the average altitude at which the earth’s thermal radiation originates is not ground level

Skip to main content. Because of the atmosphere’s contribution to the earth’s thermal radiation, the average altitude at which the earth’s thermal radiation originates is not ground level. Instead, it’s 5 kilometers above sea level, the altitude at which the air temperature is about -18 °C. So the earth’s atmosphere shifts the -18 °C average radiating surface from sea level to an altitude of 5 kilometers above sea level. If you’ve ever traveled up into the mountains and felt the air during your trip, you’ve probably noticed that air’s temperature decreases with altitude.

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A user's manual for our everyday world!

"Whether a curious layperson, a trained physicist, or a beginning physics student, most everyone will find this book an interesting and enlightening read and will go away comforted in that the world is not so strange and inexplicable after all."—From the Foreword by Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2001, and CASE/Carnegie US University Professor of the Year 2004

If you didn't know better, you might think the world was filled with magic—from the household appliances that make our lives easier to the CDs and DVDs that fill our world with sounds and images. Even a simple light bulb can seem mysterious when you stop to think about it.

Now in How Everything Works, Louis Bloomfield explains the physics behind the ordinary objects and natural phenomena all around us, and unravels the mysteries of how things work. Inside, you'll find easy-to-understand answers to scores of fascinating questions, including:

How do microwave ovens cook food, and why does metal sometimes cause sparks in a microwave?How does an iPod use numbers to represent music?How do CDs and DVDs use light to convey information, and why are they so colorful?How can a CT or MRI image show a cross-sectional view of a person without actually entering the body?Why do golf balls have dimples?How does a pitcher make a curveball curve and knuckleball jitter about in an erratic manner?Why is the sun red at sunrise and sunset?How does a fluorescent lamp produce visible light?

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.

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[Update 09/07/2015: This book, like physics itself, stands the test of time. Since writing this review in 2008, I was lucky enough to find 2 other excellent books that should be on every reader's bookshelf. See the end of this review for details and links.]

Amazing.

I have bought hundreds of things from Amazon, books and otherwise, and have never felt the need to leave a review. This book is so phenomenal in its clarity, depth, and topic range that I simply feel obligated to rave.

Although I'm a grad student in CS my knowledge of physics is very weak, and there was a time when I dreaded physics in college. So when I ordered this book I was expecting something along the lines of an idiots guide. When it arrived, the textbook-like layout almost scared me off from reading, but when I started I couldn't put it down.

Almost every big question I've asked myself about the physics of the world I live in is answered clearly in this book, given our current state of knowledge. The planets and their relationship to calendars and cycles, eclipses and tides. Electricity. Light. Electromagnetics. Semiconductors. Airplanes. Buoyancy. Nuclear reactors. Power production, and on and on and on. So much, and described so well, that I've decided to put several weeks aside to enjoy this book.

For instance, in answering a question about electricity the author will take you on a seamless journey from Edison's initial ideas to modern distribution systems, to resistance, to types of current, to transformers, to voltage, to generators and motors, down to individual components like capacitors and semiconductors.

And the detail and flow is just beautiful. Prof Bloomfield achieved a very rare, delicate balance between being overly simplistic, and drowning the reader with unnecessary details. This sets the book miles apart from anything I've ever read about physics. [Note: This is fortunately no longer true, see my update below.]

It's actually quite remarkable to know that so many who came before us have spent countless lifetimes trying to obtain the knowledge that is now on the pages of a book like this. Most people take these things for granted. And then there's a tiny minority amongst us who choose to know and understand.

--- Update 09/07/2015 ---

Eight years later I still believe this book is excellent, but I am also proud to be able to make two additional recommendations (#2 is particularly amazing thanks to the available audio):

1. The New Way Things Work

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0395938473/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0395938473&linkCode=as2&tag=liusgruc-20&linkId=SBPRRYRO7ZFH7YXU

A brilliant illustrated guide much like How Everything Works, yet very much original and often presenting concepts from a different angle. It has often helped me fill in the gaps.

2. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0465025277/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0465025277&linkCode=as2&tag=liusgruc-20&linkId=IYQOYY7YIY4GFRUY

Richard Feynman needs no introduction to a student of Physics, but this is what happens when a Nobel prize winning physicist teaches the fundamentals of physics to a laymen audience. Shockingly it is also available in audio format, with digitally remastered audio from Dr. Feynman's lectures in 1960s! You can listen to the actual lectures as if you were sitting right in his classroom, and I've found these great to listen to in the car.

Hopefully all of the above will give you a sufficient introduction and roadmap to the wonderful world of Physics :)
Snowseeker
Professor Lou is an outstanding teacher and his lessons come alive in his books. THIS IS NOT THE CURRENT EDITION. I knew that when I bought it because, as an educator, I was interested in the concepts and the physics did not change between editions. This book (this edition or newer ones) would be a benefit to science teachers, home schoolers, science students (probably middle school to lower part of high school), and anyone interested in understanding the physics around everyday life. Science in HS was boring to many -- Lou brings it alive and makes it easy to understand. And without lots of math :)
Dianalmeena
The science that underpins everything ... the things we touch everyday. Very nicely done and accessible for an interested, smart general reader. For those who took college level physics, a book like this one makes it fun and enlightening to revisit key concepts and principles. Helpful illustrations.
Small Black
This book is a real bargain for the price. It's loaded with great information. Call this physics you can understand because it is explained clearly using everyday examples in a way that you can understand. It is NOT overly technical.
Arashilkis
I ordered this book on a suggestion of Discover Magazine, and I was not let down. I am the type of guy who enjoys learning how things work, and this book was a true masterpiece. I really like the way Bloomfield structured the book into easy to read sections. It is also easy to either read all the technical stuff, or to just read the general information and see the diagrams.

If you are wanting a true "heavy science" technical book about Physics, this is not it. However if you would just like to "know" how certain things work, this book is the best I have seen. I think this book would be great for teenagers, and I have to admit, it's nice to know exactly how those elevators work, why planes can fly, and a ton of other common devices and contraptions as well. If you have any interest at all in how things work, you will really enjoy this book.
Samardenob
This has worked well for me as a primer for physics without the complex math. Lou focuses on demonstrating the concepts within everyday activities.
BORZOTA
A decent book explaining many useful items. The price was right and thsu good value.
Very nicely written for those who want to learn more about the world around them and how everything runs. Written in a fashion that is easily understood and not using mathematical equations for explanations.
How Everything Works: Making Physics Out of the Ordinary ebook
Author:
Louis A. Bloomfield
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Science & Mathematics
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Wiley; 1 edition (April 21, 2006)
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