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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
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5 out of 5 stars
By kentennis on 05-02-16

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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By JBEstell on 10-28-15

Wish this guy narrated all of Wolke's books

Great content like all of the Einstein series... But Mr. Hoye really brings out the author's sense of humor. The other narrator used for the Einstein vooks makes it a bit wet-lipped and awkward. My $0.02.

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