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Publisher's Summary

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 this irresistibly witty audiobook, which illuminates the cherished rituals, legends, and icons of Christmas from a unique and fascinating perspective: science.
The Physics of Christmas is also available in print from Little, Brown and Company.
©1998 by Roger Highfield
(P)2002 Random House Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Enchanting...a delightful compendium." (New York Times Book Review)
"Just what the elves ordered...Highfield is the best sort of guide: he is brimming with facts, but he doesn't use them to bludgeon the mystery out of Christmas." (Newsweek)
"Excellent entertainment for the Christmas connoisseurs in your circle." (USA Today)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Tara on 03-11-08

close but no banana

Good book but really focuses more on the anthropological standpoints in Christmas than physics.
I had been expecting something a bit more like the physics of what it would take for Santa to go around the world in one night - this really wasn't covered.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 02-08-04

I put my tree up to the sound of this book!

This was very fun and interesting. The science was presented in a fun manner that should appeal to most people.

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