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