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

Paperback | November 1, 1999

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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.

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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...

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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 qu...

Roger Highfield is science editor of The Daily Telegraph and a regular broadcaster on the BBC. He lives in London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.38 × 5 × 0.88 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316366951

ISBN - 13:9780316366953

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Gift This is a fairly good book. It doesn't use any complicated physics in the observations it makes. If you're looking for a small Christmas Gift to give someone who is interested in Science, it'd be perfect. (Incidentally, this is how I received my copy).
Date published: 2001-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Technical Wizardry Have you wondered how Santa and his crew of elves accomplishes the miracle that is Christmas in a single night. Well then, this book is for you, In-depth technical details about roof landing, chimney navigation, and gift distribution. A recommended reading for all Santa believers.
Date published: 2000-12-11