How Things Work
By Louis A Bloomfield
Review by Matthew S (Engineering Science)
What’s fantastic about this book is that it takes the principles and applies them to real life examples; it’s not so ungrounded and abstract you need a degree before you can pronounce some of the words in it. Rather, it’s accessible and applicable. By applying it to real life, Bloomfield instigates a curiosity about other instances where these principles can be applied in the world, so after reading a couple of chapters, expect to be walking round trying to work out, if a baseball bat can be modelled as a standing wave, what else can be? Or, how does your town’s water supply have constant pressure everywhere despite being very hilly?
As someone with the pains of sixth form still fresh in my mind, I know how stressed and busy you’ll be, so you’ll not want to read a book with long winding chapters. Bloomfield has you covered. This book is divided up in to lots of little sections, each centred around one real life example of whatever is being explained. So, even if you’ve only got a spare 10 minutes, you can still squeeze in a section and understand electromagnetic circuits by the end of it.
Although it’s not the next best-selling thriller, it’s a great book to dip in and out of and it starts developing a wider curiosity about the Physics and Engineering that’s all around you.
How Things Work by Louis A Bloomfield
Try checking the availability of this book at your school or local library or explore second hand bookshops and websites. You may also wish to purchase from either Amazon or Blackwell’s.