Contents

Contents of What Einstein Didn’t Know

CHAPTER ONE: Around the House
Explanations of everyday household mysteries, including
How does soap know what’s dirt?
How does bleach tell white from colors?
How does salt make ice colder?
How can I keep soda from going flat?
How can a thermos container keep hot things hot and cold things cold?
Why do water beds need heaters?
Why won’t my shower temperature stay the way you set it?
How do batteries make electricity?
…and more.

CHAPTER TWO: In the Kitchen
Answers to questions about foods and cooking, including
Why can’t I make water boil hotter by turning up the heat?
How does a simmer differ from a slow boil?
Why does a cooked egg get hard, while a cooked potato gets soft?
How come I can melt sugar on the stove, but I can’t melt salt?
How do microwaves really cook food?
Can I dissolve two cups of sugar in one cup of water?
If I had a strong enough magnet, could I lift spinach?
…and more.

CHAPTER THREE: In the Garage
Solutions to automotive puzzles, including
Why won’t my battery work well in cold weather?
How does iron rust?
Why does straight antifreeze freeze faster than a fifty/fifty mixture?
Why won’t sand always provide traction for my tires on ice?
Why is it wrong to say that salt melts ice?
Why won’t oil and water mix?
Why is oil such a good lubricant?
Why does compressed air feel so cold?
How does carbon monoxide kill?
…and more.

CHAPTER FOUR: The Marketplace
Exposés of secrets of the supermarket, restaurant and shopping mall, including
How do those “miracle” defrosting trays work?
How do they know how many calories there are in a food?
How do those instant cold compresses work?
How does food get “burned” in the freezer?
What is MSG, and how does it work?
Is a rare steak really bloody?
What’s the best way to get ketchup out of the bottle?
What is the “proof” of an alcoholic beverage?
…and more.

CHAPTER FIVE: The Great Outdoors
Explanations of natural marvels, including
Why is there always a cool breeze at the seashore?
Why do ocean waves always roll in parallel to the shoreline?
Why is the sun hotter at noon?
Why is it colder in the winter?
Why can we see through air?
Why is the barometric pressure measured in inches?
How can I tell the temperature by listening to a cricket?
How does the greenhouse effect work?
What becomes of a helium-filled balloon after I let it go outdoors?
…and more

CHAPTER SIX: Water, Water Everywhere
The astounding feats of this astonishing liquid, including
Why does evaporation have a cooling effect?
How can a huge, steel aircraft carrier float on water?
Do fish get the bends?
Why are bubbles round?
Are all liquids wet?
Does hot water freeze faster than cold water?
Why does ice float?
Why does water “seek its own level”?
Why does water put out fires?
…and more.

CHAPTER SEVEN: …And That’s the Way it Is

How Mother Nature operates. Fundamental wonders of the universe, including
What does E=mc2 mean to me?
Where does uranium get its energy?
Why do magnets attract iron?
If all the atoms in the world are moving, how did they get started?
What does DNA actually do?
Why can’t we recycle energy?
What things are possible and what things are impossible?
…and more.

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