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What Einstein Told His Barber: More Scientific Answers to Everyday… (edition 2000)

by Robert Wolke

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Title:What Einstein Told His Barber: More Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions
Authors:Robert Wolke
Info:Dell (2000), Edition: First Paperback Edition, Paperback, 288 pages
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What Einstein Told His Barber by Robert Wolke

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Nice book with a lot of scientific information.
I loved to know things like how we have a so good under sea terrain mapping, if jumping in last second on a falling elevator will save my life or why do birds like so much to be on power cables!!!
Enjoyed! ( )
  NelsonFaria | Dec 5, 2015 |
Robert provides a nice job of describing physics in common terminology. I found some of the discussions rather simple, since I have a Ph.D. in engineering and have taught physics. Some of the discussions were interesting and new to me. So it is a mixture of simple and complex information. I enjoyed the book, perhaps more since I am familiar with much of the science. I think those that are not as familiar might find it even more interesting and educational. ( )
  GlennBell | Jan 12, 2014 |
This book of course, has nothing to do with Einstein. It is a compendium of interesting explanations of everyday and not so everyday phenomena, such as, how an airplane flies (the wing airflow is not just subject to phenomena described by Bernoulli), electricity and lightning, defogging windshields, chemical fertilizer explosives, etc.

I found some discourses a tad esoteric (I've little interest in demonstrating understanding of how a radiometer works) and, I couldn't stand some of the childish attempts at jokes and puns. But I love this science overview genre and overall, this was an extremely informative book. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Apr 6, 2013 |
scientific fun book, it does have some subject like idontgiveadamn but it's overall a good read about physics history and modern physics. ( )
  Alex.Maccabi | Apr 11, 2012 |
A fun book of scientific answers to everyday questions...very informative ( )
  illustrationfan | Feb 13, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440508797, Paperback)

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, 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 and grouped by subject for browsing ease, 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. Perfect for fans of Newton's Apple, Jeopardy!, and The Discovery Channel, WHAT EINSTEIN TOLD HIS BARBER also includes a glossary of important scientific buzz words and a comprehensive index. -->

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Provides humorous scientific answers to questions about motion, heat, the Earth and the heavens, water, vision, and other issues encountered in everyday life.

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