About the book
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, Furry Logic unveils the ways that animals exploit physics to eat, drink, mate and dodge death in their daily battle for survival.
About the authors
Liz Kalaugher is a science and environment writer based in Bristol, UK. Fascinated by animals since a childhood encounter with a squashed frog, she is a particular fan of bats, bees and badgers. After winning journalism fellowships from the World Federation of Science Journalists and the European Geosciences Union, Liz has also reported on beluga whales in the Canadian Arctic and Finnish reindeer. She has a materials science degree from Oxford University and a PhD in thin-film diamond. She blogs at lizkalaugher.net.
Matin Durrani is editor of the international magazine Physics World, where he enjoys telling the stories that underpin physics and showing how it impacts so much of everyday life. Based in Bristol, UK, he first became intrigued by how animals use physics after publishing a special issue of Physics World on the subject in 2012. Matin has a degree in chemical physics and did a PhD and postdoc squashing food gels at Cambridge University before moving into publishing. He blogs at matindurrani.net.
Heat: The Warm-up Chapter
Gender-swapping snakes • Floppy-skinned dogs • Mosquitoes that wee blood • Killer bees • Hot-tailed squirrels • Vipers that "see" heat • Beetles that "hear" infrared
Forces: The Big Push
A light-headed dragon • Raindrop-dodging mosquitoes • A shrimp that punches above its weight • The world's fastest animals • A snappy ant • The lizard that thinks it's Spiderman
Fluids: When Things Get Stickier
Pond skaters that walk on water • Cats defying gravity • Stealth seahorses • Convention-defying bees • Pterosaurs on the edge
Sound: Good Vibrations
Seductive peacocks • The battle of the bats • Snakes with killer hearing • Triangulating elephants • Lobster violins
Electricity and Magnetism: Let the Sparks Fly
Taser eels • The case of the charged bees • Turtles that loop the Atlantic • Hornets skilled in quantum mechanics
Light: A Final Physics Fandango
Ants and bees that use a trick of the light • Flashy cuckoos • Deadly spitting fish • Underwater chameleons • The squid with the giant eyes