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The physics of christmas : from the aerodynamics of reindeer to the thermodynamics of turkey

Author: Roger Highfield
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why might Rudolph's nose have been red' Why do we actually give Christmas gifts' Why has smell become an important component in the Christmas shopping experience' Roger Highfield, science editor of London's Daily Telegraph and co-author of the highly acclaimed The Arrow of Time, has taken a long-overdue look at our most cherished holiday from the rigorous (but highly entertaining) viewpoint of a scientist. What are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)42877882
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Highfield
ISBN: 9780316149334 0316149330
OCLC Number: 883331894
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed June 19, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Roger Highfield.

Abstract:

Why might Rudolph's nose have been red' Why do we actually give Christmas gifts' Why has smell become an important component in the Christmas shopping experience' Roger Highfield, science editor of London's Daily Telegraph and co-author of the highly acclaimed The Arrow of Time, has taken a long-overdue look at our most cherished holiday from the rigorous (but highly entertaining) viewpoint of a scientist. What are the thermodynamics involved in cooking a turkey' What are the likely celestial candidates for the Star of Bethlehem' Is the concept of a virgin birth scientifically feasible' What happens to us physically when we overindulge in alcohol' How does snow form' Why are we always depressed after Christmas' How does Santa manage to deliver all those presents in one night' (He has, in fact, little over two ten- thousands of a second to get between each of the 842 million households he must visit.) The Physics of Christmas is that rare science book that manages to be as delightful as it is informative.

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