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Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life

with Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher

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Wed 08 March 2017

Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life

with Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher

liz-kalaugher
Wed 08 March 2017,

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 was born? 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, Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher (pictured) unveil the ways that animals exploit physics to eat, drink, mate and dodge death in their daily battle for survival.

They also introduce the great physicists whose discoveries helped us understand the animal world, and the animal experts of today who scour the planet to find and study the animals that seem to push the laws of physics to the limit.

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