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How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life Paperback – January 9, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470223994 ISBN-10: 0470223995 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (January 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470223995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470223994
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis A. Bloomfield is Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia and author of How Everything Works: Making Physics Out of the Ordinary (Wiley, 2007).

Bloomfield received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1983 and was a postdoctoral fellow at AT&T Bell Laboratories before arriving at the University of Virginia in 1985. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research in atomic, condensed matter, and optical physics, including the Apker Award of the American Physical Society, a Presidential Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation, a Young Investigator Award of the Office of Naval Research, and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Bloomfield has also been widely recognized for his teaching of physics and science to thousands of non-science students at the University of Virginia and is the recipient of a 1998 State of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2001 Pegram Medal of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society. He is the author of almost 100 publications in the fields of atomic clusters, autoionizing states, high-resolution laser spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, computer science, and general science literacy, and of a recent introductory textbook entitled How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life, 3rd Edition (Wiley, New York, 2006).

Bloomfield also works extensively with professional societies and the media to explain physics to the general public. He frequently serves as a physics consultant and as an expert witness on legal matters that require a broad understanding of physics and scientific issues.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Palaia Jr. on June 12, 2013
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I have been teaching college physics as my second career for more than a dozen years, and was sorry to see Gerry Wilson's excellent textbook becoming more and more anemic with each edition and new co-authors. In the earlier versions, Gerry conveyed excitement and curiosity in each chapter. It is this aspect that I find so refreshing in Lou's book - his use of "real world" examples to introduce topics that can be tried by the reader if they are unfamiliar to them, and his gentle introduction to the subject. His ability to lead the reader deeper and deeper into the physics concepts as the chapter progresses is done masterfully. I had the pleasure of meeting Lou a few years ago when he gave a local seminar, and he was as bright, interesting and gracious as he appears to be in the textbook. Bravo!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By leslie on February 15, 2011
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This is the second physics text I have owned and I do not care for it as much as the first. It explains the material with a number of stories, historical references, etc. to aid in retaining the information, but the practice questions are a bit confusing. Also, there is little emphasis on equations and calculations which are a huge component to physics. It would not be my first choice, but it is an okay one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Shock on April 22, 2013
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This text explains the natural world in a language even the most unscientific mind can understand. The experiments are fun as well as a great aid to understanding the scientific principle behind them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Kerlin on April 3, 2013
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Dr Bloomfield has written a work that shows physics as a part of life instead of an abstraction. I really liked this book because the concepts were easier to comprehend than is usual concerning a subject that is often very difficult to grasp.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Werdan on October 18, 2012
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I bought this book for a physics class. It worked for what I needed it for. It was fairly easy to understand too.
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By Deborah K. Hayford on January 28, 2014
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I'm taking Louis Bloomfield's online course through Coursera. So excited to have his book to aid in my grasping the concepts of physical science. Easy to read/comprehend! And Science is not my easy subject.
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By Dr. R. D. B. Laime on December 8, 2013
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Goes beyond the usual(and good)How Things Work. Louis Bloomfield not only gives you why things work the way they do, he writes in a very understandable way. One doesn't have to wonder if you're ready for physic. A fun book.
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