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The Physics of Everyday Things - The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Todd Ross

Length:

5h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:51


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:31


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

00:35