Can Reindeer Fly?: The Science of Christmas

Can Reindeer Fly?: The Science of Christmas

by RogerHighfield (Author)


A lighted-hearted scientific investigation into all the rituals and icons of Christmas. 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-thousandths of a second to get between each of the 842 million households he must visit.) This paperback edition has been updated and contains a new chapter on the latest seasonal science - Santa Teleporting. Chapters range from "The decline and fall of virgin births" to "Christmas astrology", and "Santa: the hallucinogenic connection" to "The dreaded sprout".


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 314
Edition: New e.
Publisher: Metro Publishing
Published: 07 Oct 1999

ISBN 10: 1900512742
ISBN 13: 9781900512749