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The Speed of Nearly Everything: From Tobogganing Penguins to Spinning Neutron Stars Paperback – November 1, 2008

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Peter Macinnis trained as a biologist, and has worked as a science teacher and museum educator. He has written social histories of sugar (Bittersweet), rockets (Rockets) and poisons (The Killer Bean of Calabar) and, for younger readers, Kokoda Track: 101 Days. He has recently completed a detailed look at the science and technology of 1859. His other titles for Murdoch Books include 100 Discoveries: The Greatest Breakthroughs in History and The Lawn: A Social History (both 2009).

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Pier 9 (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174196136X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741961362
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,298,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William P. Palmer on March 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Review of `The speed of nearly everything from tobogganing penguins to spinning neutron stars' by Peter Macinnis published by Pier 9 (undated).

Reviewer: Dr William P. Palmer

This book has 247 pages; it is nicely printed and has a square format. The front and back covers fold inwards. One question on this cover is "Is the deer botfly really the fastest creature of all, credited with an amazing 1287 kilometres per hour?"

The answer does not appear in the book or index but Wikipedia concludes after a full explanation that deer botfly `The latest edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica cites a speed of 80 km (50 mi) per hour for this fly. Time magazine published an article in 1938 "debunking" Townsend's calculations. But the New York Times, which ran a story in 1937 on the fastest creature that lives has not yet published a correction.'

I wondered why the author mentioned the deer botfly's incredible speed without some further explanation later in the book.

The book is packed with huge amounts of information contained in ten chapters and an index. In the first chapter `Why speed facts & stats?' the author describes how he became fascinated with the speed of things when working in the South Australian bush at Woomera with a project trialing a scramjet project. The book is replete with diagrams and tables of data. The next chapter provides information about animal bird and insect speeds followed by information about human speed records in the third chapter. Speeds are usually given in a variety of different units which makes reading the book seem a little clumsy.
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