I just finished reading The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day by James Kakalios and I must say, it was pretty interesting.
Let me start out by saying, it was very much science based. There were bits of humor in the pages because it goes through day-to-day life and that gets a bit comical thinking about all of the things you do throughout a whole day. Aside from that, it is science. Kakalios divides the books into chapters that are related to different tasks: You Begin Your Day, You Drive Into the City, You take a Flight, etc.
Several of the chapters would definitely not be an average day for me but for business men/women, it would be typical, I would think. Within the chapters a brief synopsis of something you might do is described and then Kakalios goes into the details of the science behind each task.
For example: "You get caught up in the podcast as it plays a vibrant segment of music. You imagine the virtuoso rhythmically plying the bow back and forth across the strings. The image of the bow suddenly reminds you that you still need to brush your teeth. Turning up the volume, you dash to the bathroom and remove your electric toothbrush from the plastic holder that serves as a batter recharger."
Just believe this, the physics of the toothbrush is explained. It's just fun! I think if you enjoy science, this would definitely be a great book for you. I also think this would be a great coffee table book/bathroom book. It's divided into segments in each chapter so you could just read a bit here and there.
We haven't been reading a lot these last few weeks. It's just been a full month. But here are a few of our favorites of late.
The book on the left, Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, was a gift two christmases ago. The sequel just came out this year and it's just as funny. The illustrations are incredible and the rhyming is just icing on the cake.
Mason is incredibly interested in construction vehicles of any kind right now so books like this one, Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?, is right up his alley. This book shows all kinds of construction vehicles and ask questions about where there sleep. It's great for construction loving boys.
This one is along the same lines and with this one, we also like Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.
This book is HILARIOUS!! One of the gnomes can't grow a beard which is obviously a big deal to a gnome. He tries various things to get a beard but in the end, he tries something different and realizes he is just as important as those with beads. Great for showing kids that being different is okay!