Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life
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 northern Atlantic before returning to the very beach where it hatched? And how can a... show more
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 northern Atlantic before returning to the very beach where it hatched? And how can a Komodo dragon kill a water buffalo with a bite 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 more than 30 animals exploit physics to eat, drink, mate and dodge death in their daily battle for survival.
Along the way, science journalists Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher introduce the great physicists whose discoveries helped us understand the animal world, as well as the animal 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 physics principles in a simple and engaging way, Furry Logic will appeal both to animal lovers and to those 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.
Publish date: 2016-10-06
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life by Matin Durrani & Liz Kalaugher The principles of physics lie behind many of the ways animals go about their daily lives. Scientists have discovered that the way cats and dogs lap up liquids can be explained by the laws of surface tension, how ants navig...
Abandoned at 85% (page 249 of 294). Thinking about this book makes me angry. Trying to read it made me even angrier, so I'm not going to bother with the rest of it even though it's less than 50 pages. The interesting things about animals mentioned in this book could be fit on maybe five pages; t...
... but I'm at the point where I basically celebrate any Flat Book Society group read that actually makes a serious effort to deliver (popular) science content without authorial grandstanding, fashion commentary and similar distractions -- and notwithstanding a few silly jokes too many, this book ce...
Well, I finished it, and I got lousy about doing status updates, but it's all Chapter 3s fault: the bit about cats drinking water had me wanting to post an Easter-cat video of her drinking from the tap/faucet in slow motion. But apparently BookLikes doesn't like embedding any video that isn't YouT...
TITLE: Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life AUTHOR: Matin Durrani & Liz Kalaugher DATE PUBLISHED: 2017 FORMAT: Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-4729-1411-8 _____________________________________ FIRST READ: 2018/04/07 RE-READ: 2019/03/22 _____________________________________ Furry Logic i...