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Joe Talcott

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  • What Einstein Didn't Know: Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (82)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    How does soap know what's dirt? How do magnets work? Why do ice cubes crackle in your glass? And how can you keep them quiet? These are questions that torment us all. Now Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, provides definitive - and amazingly simple - explanations for the mysteries of everyday life.

    Teddy says: ""Little Bit Of Everything" Science"
    "A funny thing happened on the way to a great book"
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    What Einstein Didn’t Know is a book filled with the wonders of science in an easily digestible meal of molecule sized bites. Robert Wolke knows how to explain the mysteries of every day life by demystifying the science behind it.

    But this would have been a better book without the constant injections of humour. Most of these attempts, I thought, fell flat and distracted from the real value of the prose. In addition, the author seemed to have issues with a list of professions which were the butt of many of his quips; lawyers, marketers, government and other easy targets. Sean Runnette, an excellent narrator, also seemed to struggle with this mix of “science explained” and “stand up comedy”.

    As I write this review I remember many of the excellent explanations of atoms, molecules and ions and a few of the analogies to explain them, but none of the jokes.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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