The Physics of Christmas

From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey


By Roger Highfield

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Can reindeer fly? Could scientists clone the perfect Christmas tree? How does Santa manage to deliver presents to an estimated 824 million households in a single night?

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. 

"Excellent entertainment for the Christmas connoisseurs in your circle." —USA Today


On Sale
Nov 1, 1999
Page Count
320 pages
Back Bay Books

Roger Highfield

About the Author

Roger Highfield is an author, journalist, broadcaster, and Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group. He is also Visiting Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Oxford and University College London. Prior to his work at the Science Museum Group, he was the editor of New Scientist and the science editor of the Daily Telegraph. He has written or co-authored eight popular science books, including J. Craig Venter’s autobiography, A Life Decoded (Allen Lane/Viking, 2007), which was shortlisted for the Royal Society’s Science Book Prize. He lives in London, UK.

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