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Introduction: Furry Physics Chapter 1: Heat: The Warm-up Chapter Chapter 2: Forces: The Big Push Chapter 3: Fluids: When Things Get Stickier Chapter 4: Sound: Good Vibrations Chapter 5: Electricity and Magnetism: Let the Sparks Fly Chapter 6: Light: A Final Physics Fandango Conclusion: Life, the Universe and Everything Acknowledgements Index

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How animals use cool physics as part of their daily battle to survive

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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. @LizKalaugher 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. @MatinDurrani


Furry Logic is an important book that is equally inspiring and humbling. * Science *
An appealing mix of familiar animals ... and the life stories and weird research techniques of physicists and biologists, past and current, famous and unknown. * The Daily Telegraph *
An enlightening and entertaining slant on two very different scientific disciplines, rendering a tricky subject accessible. * BBC Wildlife *
A fun, informative chronicle of how myriad animals take advantage of the laws of physics. * Science News *
Packed with insight and information. -- Jim Al-Khalili, physicist and broadcaster
An intriguing, funny and clever insight into the physics of the animal world. You'll never look at a wet dog or a bloody-thirsty mosquito in the same way. -- Fran Scott, science presenter
Wonderful, wild and witty. -- Ian Sample, science editor, Guardian
Illuminating and intriguing. An entertaining book that provides fresh insight into how animals survive - providing food for thought whatever your level of scientific knowledge. -- Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College, University of Cambridge
There is nothing fuzzy about this book. With crisp prose and intuitive descriptions of physical processes, this book reveals how natural selection tunes the laws of physics to solve the myriad problems posed by nature ... a must read. -- Daniel Rubenstein, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
Readers don't need a background in physics to enjoy this engaging, educational title. Recommended for fans of popular science, including YA audiences. * School Library Journay *

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