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How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life 5th Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1118580264
ISBN-10: 1118580265
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About the Author

Lou Bloomfield is a highly dedicated teacher and one of the most popular professors at University of Virginia, and was the recipient of the 1998 State of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. Lou has given talks all over the country on teaching physics through everyday objects. He has extreme attention to detail and knowledge of technical physics. He is very tech savvy and has been able to provide many of the photos and illustrations for the text himself.
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Product Details

  • Loose Leaf: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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