What Einstein Told His Barber: More Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions (英語) ペーパーバック – 2000/3/7
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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, 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. -->
Praise for Robert L. Wolke's What Einstein Didn't Know:
"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."
--The San Diego Tribune
"Fascinating....Will provide hours of fun and knowledge for kids of any age (and we mean up to 90) and offer helpful tips and satisfy the curiosity of the average householder."
--Baton Rouge Advocate
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The book does a good job in identifying common scientific misnomers, issues and questions we have all probably had from time to time and presents them in a humorous and factual way. There are a ton of things in here, some stuff you might already know and some you may not have.
If you're into science or just curious about things, this is definitely a good read.
I loved this book. I have always struggled in my physics classes because I found the explanations where usually given in what I considered a foreign language. This book was written for people like me. It is very simple and helps you understand even the most complicated physics concepts.
In the book Robert pays close attention to the language that he uses to make things more understandable. His humor pulls you in and keeps you hooked while his definitions of what he calls "Tech Speak" increases your knowledge tenfold. You can never get tired of reading this book even if you hate science.
I give this book a 9 out of 10. After a full semester of taking physics at school I now truly understand the concepts because of this book, plus my knowledge of trivial things that I can use to impress people around me has expanded beyond what I thought was possible.