Furry Logic

Furry Logic

The Physics of Animal Life

Book - 2016
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The animal world is full of mysteries. Why do dogs slurp from their drinking bowls while cats lap up water with a delicate flick of the tongue? How does a tiny turtle hatchling from Florida circle the entire North Atlantic before returning to the very beach where it was hatched? And how can a Komodo dragon kill a water buffalo with a bite that is only as strong as a domestic cat's? These puzzles--and many more besides--are all explained by physics. From heat and light to electricity and magnetism, Furry Logic unveils the ways that animals exploit physics to eat, drink, mate and dodge death in their daily battle for survival. Science journalists Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher also introduce the great physicists whose discoveries helped us understand the animal world, as well as the experts of today who are scouring the planet to find and study the animals that seem to push the laws of physics to the limit. Presenting mind-bending physical principles in a simple and engaging way, this book is for anyone curious to see how physics crops up in the natural world. It's more of a 'howdunit' than a whodunit, though you're unlikely to guess some of the answers. -- Inside jacket flap.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2016
ISBN: 9781472914095
1472914090
Branch Call Number: 591.5 DURRANI
Characteristics: 304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Kalaugher, Liz - Author

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Nov 09, 2018

Interesting data and some beautiful colour illustrations, but I was very disappointed to find that the narrative has been dumbed down to the level of an inattentive teenager, making it quite annoying to read, as well as slow since even the simplest concepts have to be explained in ultra simple terms. Have not got far enough to give it a fair rating.

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Nov 09, 2018

pm221 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 16

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