The Physics of Christmas

  • by Roger Highfield
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

More history than science

Best for those who find history fascinating. Could also use much more humor (in my opinion). Otherwise, an OK audiobook. Not much else to say.
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- jpr

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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- Tara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio