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How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life Loose Leaf – January 22, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1118580264 ISBN-10: 1118580265 Edition: 5th Edition Binder Ready Version

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Product Details

  • Loose Leaf: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5th Edition Binder Ready Version edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118580265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118580264
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,981,908 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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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Magnolia on May 27, 2013
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The reason I bought this book was that I had enrolled for Coursera's online study course, entitled HOW THINGS WORK, led by Prof Bloomfield. Students were not required to buy the book and the chapters relating to the course were available online. I really dislike reading large format books on a small glowing screen, so I borrowed it from the local library. Six weeks later, when the course was over, I felt I HAD to own the book. It offers a lucid and well-rounded appreciation of the principles of Physics. I was very pleased to be able to afford the paperback version and am delighted to have the most recent edition (the library's edition was maybe 2008).

Potential buyers need to understand that this is a text book, not a science popularizer. It is aimed at college-going students. As I did not study the sciences when I was in school and college, I have often wanted to make up the deficit in my understanding. HOW THINGS WORK is really very good for that. It is not intended for casual reading and it does require the reader to concentrate, to think through the many examples and to take notes. I am reading it slowly and expect to work at it over the next two years. Buying it is an investment in my understanding of the mechanics of reality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claude Coulombe on June 8, 2014
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I have bought this book because I want to deepen and enlarge my grasp of physics of everyday life, right after attending the Coursera Mooc, entitled « How Things Work », created and animated by Prof Bloomfield, the author of the book.

With this excellent textbook with just enough mathematics and a lot of enlightening illustrations, Pr Bloomfield shares his passion for the physics of everyday life and his desire to make it accessible to everyone.

The only default of this excellent book is it's price, but the page count is near 600.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lith on September 7, 2014
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I had to buy this book as a mandatory text for a class I am taking with UC Berkeley Extension. I bought the loose leaf edition as there was no way I was paying $80 for a kindle edition, if I am going to cough up for a textbook, it had better have physical pages.

Now, I understand that it is meant to be easier etc. to have loose leaf pages to put in a binder, but would it be too much to ask to have the holes punched on the correct side?

You had one job. One.
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