Making Physics Out of the Ordinary
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If you didn't know better, you might think the world was
filled with magic--from the household appliances that make
our lives easier to the CDs and DVDs that fill our world
with sounds and images. Even a simple light bulb can seem
mysterious when you stop to think about it.
How Everything Works, Louis Bloomfield explains the physics
behind the ordinary objects and natural phenomena all around
us, and unravels the mysteries of how things work. Inside,
you'll find easy-to-understand answers to scores of
fascinating questions, including:
* How do microwave
ovens cook food, and why does metal sometimes cause sparks
in a microwave?
* How does an iPod use numbers to
* How do CDs and DVDs use light to
convey information, and why are they so colorful?
can a CT or MRI image show a cross-sectional view of a
person without actually entering the body?
* Why do golf
balls have dimples?
* How does a pitcher make a
curveball curve and knuckleball jitter about in an erratic
* Why is the sun red at sunrise and sunset?
* How does a fluorescent lamp produce visible light?
You don't need a science or engineering background to
understand How Everything Works, all you need is an active
curiosity about the extraordinary world all around you.
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