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The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey Hardcover – 1 Dec 1998

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  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); Reprint edition (Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316366110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316366113
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,686,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a wonderful gift book, even better to own (but it is clearly a seasonal read). The author is a scientist of wonderfully broad knowledge, and he puts all of it to work to examine and evaluate virtually all of the things that mean "Christmas" to the western world: from formulae for estimating the cooking time for a plum pudding, to the history and derivation of Santa, to why evergreens stay green, and beyond. Did you know, for example, that there are serious efforts to clone Christmas trees? Or that Santa's reindeer would only have had antlers at Christmas time if they were female, or castrated? The title is a little bit misleading - it is really the various sciences of Christmas, not limited to physics. This is a book for adults or teens - dense with information and fun. There is a wonderful bibliography, too, for further reading on specific subjects, and a helpful index. My only complaint is Rudolph's battery-powered blinking nose built into the hard cover, which not only raises the price of the book but results in a poor quality binding that is not durable. This book should be a "keeper", but the eccentric binding probably limits its life span. That is a shame.
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By A Customer on 31 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
When you first pick up this book, you think, oh welll this is going to be time wasted. Fortunately, this feeling dispels as soon as your a few pages in. This book deals with many aspects of Christmas in scientific terms. It examines many things from rudolph to how Santa delivers all his presents. I believe that this is a perfect book for anyone with any interest in science and with the interest to get to the bottom of Christmas.
Its magical and everyone should own a copy.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 20 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars but fun to pick up and see some facts broken down ... 15 Jan. 2015
By K. Claffy - Published on Amazon.com
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My son's science teacher read a small fact a day for a couple of weeks before winter break to keep the kids interested in science and that sparked my son to request this book on his gift list. Not a read thru book, but fun to pick up and see some facts broken down to imagine what is possible or not.
4.0 out of 5 stars The few bits i have glanced through look very good. 13 Feb. 2017
By singer886 - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this on a recommendation, haven't read it yet.. The few bits i have glanced through look very good.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun read but has very little in it pertaining to ... 23 Mar. 2015
By D. Engel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fun read but has very little in it pertaining to physics (just as an FYI). It should be called "The Science of Christmas" instead, because much of the book covers social sciences, etc. and not the physics of Santa's job.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 16 Jan. 2017
By Gail Cochran - Published on Amazon.com
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Way to technical for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful gift! 24 Jan. 2014
By enid boring - Published on Amazon.com
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this book made a wonderful gift for my boyfriend studying physics! you don't have to be a physicist to enjoy it, though! i really liked it! it makes a great gift for anyone interested or educated in the sciences and is also educational!
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