What Einstein…

6 books in series
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What Einstein Didn't Know Publisher's Summary

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. Shattering myths (such as the common belief that salt melts the ice in your driveway)... providing insider secrets (like what lights up a neon sign)... and daring you to perform your own experiments (find out what happens when you use a sharp knife to scratch the inside of a beer glass filled with brew!), Dr. Wolke provides astounding facts, can't-lose bar bets, and sometimes shocking truths.

Why is the sky blue? A candle flame yellow? Or bleached clothes white? Don't stay in the dark. When it comes to unraveling the mysteries of modern living, maybe Einstein didn't know. But you can - even if you've never lit a Bunsen burner - with this fascinating, eye-opening book about our astonishing world.

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  • Book 1

    • What Einstein Didn't Know

    • Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions
    • By: Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "Little Bit Of Everything" Science

    • By Theodore on 06-02-13

    Regular price: $25.86

  • Book 2

    • What Einstein Told His Barber

    • More Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions
    • By: Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Science - Well Presented

    • By kentennis on 05-02-16

    Regular price: $25.88

  • Book 3

    • What Einstein Told His Cook

    • Kitchen Science Explained
    • By: Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,524
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,306
    • Story
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    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everything you want to know about Kitchen Science

    • By Theodore on 04-29-12

    Regular price: $29.22

  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

    • What Einstein Kept Under His Hat

    • Secrets of Science in the Kitchen
    • By: Robert L. Wolke, Marlene Parrish
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 394
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 335
    • Story
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    Have you ever wondered why onions make us cry? Do you believe bananas contain more calories as they ripen and get sweeter? This sequel to the best-selling What Einstein Told His Cook continues Robert L. Wolke's investigations into the science behind our foods.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Funny and interesting, but badly edited

    • By Jerker on 09-24-12

    Regular price: $29.22

    • What Einstein Kept under His Hat

    • Secrets of Science in the Kitchen
    • By: Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In response to on-going questions from readers of his nationally syndicated Washington Post column, "Food 101", Wolke debunks misconceptions with reliable, common sense logic. And for exceptionally inquisitive cooks and scientists, he offers “Sidebar Science” features, which dig more deeply into the chemical processes that underlie food and cooking. Above all, What Einstein Kept under His Hat provides indispensable information that will make listeners better shoppers, cooks, and eaters.

    Regular price: $19.62