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Physics of Christmas : From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey,9780316366953

Physics of Christmas : From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey

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9780316366953

ISBN10:
0316366951
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
11/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Little, Brown and Company
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Summary

CAN REINDEER FLY?WHY IS SANTA CLAUS FAT?COULD SCIENTISTS CLONE THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE?WAS THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM REALLY A COMET?WHY IS RUDOLPH'S NOSE RED?HOW DOES SANTA MANAGE TO DELIVER PRESENTS TO AN ESTIMATED 842 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS IN A SINGLE NIGHT?WHAT COULD WE DO TO GUARANTEE A WHITE CHRISTMAS EVERY YEAR?These are among the questions explored in an irresistibly witty book that illuminates the cherished rituals, legends, and icons of Christmas from a unique and fascinating perspective: science.

Author Biography

Dr. Roger Highfield is science editor at The Daily Telegraph in London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Christmas and the Scientist: An Introductionp. 3
Santa and Those Reindeerp. 11
The Flame and Treep. 28
Giving and Shoppingp. 48
Festive Farep. 80
Gluttony: Santa's Geneticsp. 109
The Bethlehem Starp. 126
Snowp. 155
Christmas Spiritp. 186
Christmas Blues and Seasonal Moodsp. 217
Santa's Sciencep. 239
Christmas 2020p. 256
The Formula for Christmas Dayp. 261
Is Faith Good for You?p. 263
Glossaryp. 268
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 287
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