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Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life by Liz Kalaugher (PhD 1998) and Matin Durrani (BSc 1989)

Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life by Liz Kalaugher (PhD 1998) and Matin Durrani (BSc 1989)

30 January 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 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, Bristol alumni 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.

With Bristol-based authors and content featuring several University of Bristol researchers, including Shelby Temple and Daniel Robert, the book will also appeal to those interested in Bristol's scientific research and publishing.

Further information

Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life is available to purchase online now via Bloomsbury.