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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert L. Wolke Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781452678429
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With nimble, intelligent, and often humorous prose, the author of What Einstein Kept Under His Hat returns to show how everyday science is both marvelous and comprehensible.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wolke is a glib and entertaining writer…This is the book for anyone who claims to be overwhelmed by the science of everyday things…It’s a fun read.”

    San Diego Tribune on What Einstein Didn’t Know

  • “Fascinating…Will provide hours of fun and knowledge for kids of any age (and we mean up to ninety) and offer helpful tips and satisfy the curiosity of the average householder.”

    Baton Rouge Advocate on What Einstein Didn’t Know

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About the Author
Author Robert L. Wolke

Robert L. Wolke is professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and researcher in both chemistry and physics. As an educator and lecturer, he enjoys a national reputation for his ability to make science understandable and enjoyable. He is the author of What Einstein Didn’t Know: Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions and Chemistry Explained, as well as dozens of scientific research papers. From 1998 to 2007 he wrote a food science column for the Washington Post. He lives in Pittsburgh.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.