Santa math: How St. Nick really pulls off his worldwide Christmas delivery (VIDEO).

Santa Math: How St. Nick Really Pulls Off His Christmas Delivery

Santa Math: How St. Nick Really Pulls Off His Christmas Delivery

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Dec. 23 2014 1:16 PM

Santa Math

A professor’s charming—and slightly unhinged—explanation for how St. Nick pulls off his annual gift delivery.

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Santa’s journey to every coal-fearing child in one night is impossible—or is it? Larry Silverberg of North Carolina State University asked himself and his students this question. In the video above, we run through his answer, which involves relativity, a toy-making machine, and a jet-propelled sleigh.

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