What Einstein Told His Barber : What Einstein…

  • by Robert L. Wolke
  • Narrated by Stephen Hoye
  • Series: What Einstein…
  • 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Majority of Info NOT information from Einstein

What disappointed you about What Einstein Told His Barber?

I bought this book too quickly, and the title mislead me.

Has What Einstein Told His Barber turned you off from other books in this genre?

Many of the concepts in this book are not as thought provoking as I would have thought.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

I think he did a fine job, and the narration was done well.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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- William

Great Science - Well Presented

A great listen, there is so much fun science, that you'll need to listen to this book at least twice. You do not need to be scientific to enjoy this book.
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- kentennis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-25-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio