The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey
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Other things are much, much older, of course, with a mid-winter festival of some kind being common throughout early cultures. Whether it was deliberately co-opted for Christmas or just worked out that way is one of the topics the author touches on - when not musing on how candle flames work and why we like to look at them. Then there's the shifting social view of gift-giving and receiving, why Santa doesn't age (as in, all that ho-ho-ho-ing may actually help keep him young), was the star over Bethlehem an actual star or a comet, and how to handle "Christmas spirit" - as in booze - in a responsible manner, with notes on the whys of hangovers.
And, with a nod to Dickens and his "Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come", one chapter describes a possible Christmas 2020 - which is a lot closer now than when the book was published in 1999. Some of his guesses are actually pretty close, for better or worse!
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