- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (January 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118237765
- ISBN-13: 978-1118237762
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
Bloomfield does it differently. He starts with a real world happening and asks, “How can this be explained using physics?” This requires a lot more physics a lot earlier. In fact, the first two chapters (90 pages of 600) expose the student/reader to most of what is normally covered in the first semester of an introductory physics course--more in some ways, since Bloomfield gives a great deal of attention to rotational motion. Many people will find this more interesting but it risks overwhelming the student/reader, like learning to swim by jumping into the deep end rather than slowly proceeding: breathing, floating, kicking, stroking, now put it all together.
There is also less math. Bloomfield seems to think that students learn better by working through why something is happening rather than working through word problems.
I found Bloomfield’s way of developing things fascinating. But I’m a high school physics teacher who already had a fairly good understanding of the underlying principles. Your mileage may vary.