In anticipation of the festive season, this week TU Delft researcher Dr Barry Fitzgerald published his second book: Secret Science of Santa Claus. He uses surprising questions such as How does Santa Claus travel around the world on Christmas Eve?, How does he avoid rain and snowstorms?, and How can reindeer fly?, to tell about the most impressive research being carried out at TU Delft and other universities all over the world.
In his new book, Fitzgerald describes the real science behind the incredible technology that Santa Claus uses to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. He explains in simple terms which gadgets enable Santa Claus to travel huge distances in the wink of an eye. Or which methods he uses to make accurate weather forecasts. Fitzgerald also writes about how Santa Claus might go about his work in the rest of the 21st century.
Earlier this year Barry Fitzgerald published his first book, Secrets of Superhero Science, in which he describes current scientific research that could potentially lead to the emergence of the 'special' powers that we only see today in superheroes. Topics covered include 3D-printing of human organs, bulletproof materials and the so-called ‘spidersilk’ used by Spiderman.
About Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald writes his books by gathering stories from various scientists around a popular theme. He feels his task is to tell the world at large what scientists are doing: “I have a duty to inform people about research. One of my readers told me that for him reading the book felt like having a conversation about science in a bar, I think that is a great compliment, that is why I write.”
You can find more information about the book Secret Science of Santa Claus at secretscienceofsantaclaus.com.
Photo cover: Number 42 in Eindhoven
Photo Barry Fitzgerald: Bart van Overbeeke fotografie