The Physics of Everyday Things

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Kakalios, James. The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day. USA: Crown Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
Organizing the world into everyday useful, functional and interesting objects, psychics professor and author James Kakalios shares how these modern items work. Explaining the simple science behind such things as scanners, thermometers, microwave ovens, engines, batteries and others in an understandable manner, The Physics of Everyday Things doesn’t overlook the details. Coupled with a few relevant illustrations and examples of use, each section is split into everyday things used in certain actions (going to the airport, driving into the city, beginning your day, giving a business presentation).

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Honestly expecting a book filled with useful “useless knowledge”, I was pleasantly surprised to find more. Written by an authority on how everyday items work (a physics professor), though perhaps resembling a textbook, I thought it was broken down and explained in smaller, understandable pieces. Maybe not ever really wondering but now understanding how the scanners work at the airport, or how the Tyme machine knows my specific account, I find it very interesting as my mind considers even more elements. Able to read it in small snippets, this is a book I will share with friends and family as their inquiring minds may also want to know…

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Physics of Everyday Things from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Rainbow in the Cloud (Maya Angelou)

Angelou, Maya. Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. New York, NY: Random House Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
rainbowinthecloudFull of smart guidance, wise direction, humorous pleasantry, and timeless knowledge, this beautiful collection of quotes is gathered from several previous literary works of Maya Angelou. Charming, emotional, witty, clever, strong, and compassionate, Rainbow in the Cloud charters such topics as family, culture, community, race, morals, spirituality, parenting, art and grace.   “Be the rainbow in someone’s cloud.”  Elegant works from a lovely lady.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
A stunning woman leaving pearls of herself for generations to come. As an admirer of Maya Angelou, I found this book to be delightful yet full of common sense and practical wisdom. With snippets of her previous works in one slimlined book, some of the included bits are priceless. Such a truly remarkable lady with such sound, just ideas, now contained within reach for many to enjoy. One of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou…”If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”…so true, just perfect!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies