Review – Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects

Title: Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects
Author: Mike Warren
Series: N/A
Genre: Nonfiction – design and construction
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Number of Pages: 140

My Rating: ★★☆☆


(From the back cover) With the help of a high-pressure waterjet cutter able to slice through four inches of steel plate, designer and fabricator Mike Warren cuts into everything from boom boxes to boxing gloves, cameras to video game consoles, oil filters to sea shells, describing and demystifying the inner workings and materials of each.


Out of all the items in this book, my favorites were the geodes, pinecones, and seashells. To see the inner design of them was spectacular.

I also enjoyed the sports equipment such as golf balls, a bowling ball, baseballs, softballs, and sports cleats. It was interesting to learn how these items are manufactured and what material is used.

The sections on household appliances and electronics were interesting, too. They were also much harder for me to understand because they are so complicated, but for someone who is mechanically-minded, this would not be an issue.

This is a good book to satisfy a common curiosity. I had a lot of fun seeing inside of everyday objects.


I won a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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