Everyday Physics
Unusual insights into familiar things

By (author) Jo Hermans


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Prof Jo Hermans is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Leiden University in the Netherlands. In addition to his academic research and teaching, he is active in promoting science to the general public. His books have been translated worldwide. He is a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau.


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Here is a physics book like you’ve never seen before: accessible, fun, attractive and easy to follow – perfect for anyone, young or old.


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"Do try this at home. Once again, Prof Hermans’ succeeds in asking those questions anyone should ask themselves. Satisfaction guaranteed for every inquisitive soul."

 


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"This is an interesting collection of explanations & discussions of the physics of everyday situations. The range of topics and the number of situations is extensive. By providing clear information, it encourages further thought."


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"This is quite simply a remarkable book. The breadth and diversity of topics covered, and the clear, succinct and accurate discussions of topics many people wonder about are fascinating and refreshing. I have looked a number of books that purport to discuss everyday physics, but this book is in a class of its own. I thoroughly enjoyed perusing its many topics. Everyone, no matter what their level of scientific sophistication, is likely to find something new and interesting here, and I hope it will serve to whet many an appetite to explore nature more deeply. I recommend it in the highest terms."


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“Everyday phenomena explained simply and clearly for all to understand.”


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A gold mine of physics in the world around us, ranging from light to sound and from indoors to outdoors, written in a friendly style with beautiful diagrams, photos, and explanations. Each chapter is a joy to read.


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I love the book. The content is very relevant with the physics curriculum from 15 to 18 years old in the UK; some N5/GCSE and rising to include some aspects of AH/AL e.g. rolling cylinders. It would also fit well with the US high school programme. I like how it flows and the way the topics are relevant to the world so that would attract school age pupils. My only one criticism is that it appears to be very wordy. However, it is a great idea and I am not sure I have ever before seen a physics book look as ‘friendly’. My physics pupils would love this book.


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“Everyday Physics is written in a very accessible style with fantastic use of pictures. It provides satisfyingly clear explanations. And it covers a lot of ground. It’s a lovely book to have lying around the house.”


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Jo Hermans has a unique talent for finding simple explanations for surprising everyday observations. In a lively and entertaining style, he leads us into his world of physics.


Competing titles

  • Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life, Czerski
  • How Things Work - Usborne Look Inside, Jones, Tognetti
  • The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day, Kakalios


Unpublished endorsement

"I love the book. I am not sure I have ever before seen a physics book look as 'friendly'. I like how it flows and the way the topics are applicable to the world. My physics pupils would love this book, and the content is relevant to their physics curriculum."


Description for reader

Anyone who is curious about the world around them, including parents, grandparents, teachers and students.