What makes ice cubes cloudy? How do shark attacks make airplanes safer? Can a person traveling in a car at the speed of sound still hear the radio? Moreover, would they want to?
Do you often find yourself pondering life's little conundrums? Have you ever wondered why the ocean is blue? Or why birds don't get electrocuted when perching on high-voltage power lines?
Robert L. Wolke, a professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and acclaimed author of What Einstein Didn't Know, understands the need to... well, understand. Now he provides more amusing explanations of such everyday phenomena as gravity (If you're in a falling elevator, will jumping at the last instant save your life?) and acoustics (Why does a whip make such a loud cracking noise?), along with amazing facts, belly-up-to-the-bar bets, and mind-blowing reality bites, all with his trademark wit and wisdom.
If you shoot a bullet into the air, can it kill somebody when it comes down? You can find out about all this and more in an astonishing compendium of the proverbial mind-boggling mysteries of the physical world we inhabit.
Arranged in a question-and-answer format, What Einstein Told His Barber is for anyone who ever pondered such things as why colors fade in sunlight, what happens to the rubber from worn-out tires, what makes red-hot objects glow red, and other scientific curiosities.
©2000 Robert L. Wolke (P)2012 Tantor
I bought this book too quickly, and the title mislead me.
Many of the concepts in this book are not as thought provoking as I would have thought.
I think he did a fine job, and the narration was done well.
I fell asleep a few times. I thought some of the information was informative, but I had higher hopes. I may have just been disappointed, because I like Einstein, and this was not his work or thoughts I was purchasing, rather a hodge-podge of general information.
If you know it is not Einstein, you may have a better reaction, and go in with less excitement. This may give you a better overall experience. I should have read up on the book a little more, but what a concept - listen in on conversations between Einstein and layman around him. Title of book fail, not a writing fail.
Fun stuff. Part of a collection by this author. Explanations of everyday phenomena that weren't covered in school (though the scientific concepts are familiar from my astrophysics courses). Great explanations, love the puns and plays on words. Entertaining and gives so much understanding of the world around us. Accessible even to those who have no background in science. For those who have specific interests in only certain questions or what to follow it more closely, a print version might be more advisable, but it suited my tastes.
As with all of Wolke's entertaining books, I learned a lot about everyday things that are fascinating
Wolke's other books about everyday science explained in plain terms
I listened to his work on a book about Scientology and he did a great job, but I did not like him for this particular book. For this book I wish they had used Sean Runnette, who narrated Wolke's other books. Runnette has the perfect voice--I felt like I was listening to the author, who is clever and funny, narrate his own book.
As is usual for Mr. Wolke's writings, it contains great nuggets of information, but it was particularly hard to stay focused due to the narration of this specific work.
Mr. Hoye's performance was rather poor, with little inflection in his tone he made the listening quite boring. All other Wolke books had been read by Sean Runnette, who did a marvelous job in relating scientific jargon to the everyday person
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