Latest news

speed of nearly everything 2021 (73K) This book went out of print, and has been taken over by the author in a new, revised and updated edition, with lots of extras. The basic information about my book-revival program is here.

How do you get it?

There are two choices:

The Speed of Nearly Everything: from tobogganing penguins to spinning neutron stars

ISBN 9781741961362, written by Peter Macinnis, published 2008 by Murdoch Books in Australia, released November 17, 2008 in the UK, November 1 in Australia

NOTE: the title was previously The Fast Book, changed before publication. In mid-February 2009, Hugh Ford, the book's designer, was shortlisted for the APA Young Designer of the Year Award, with this work as one of the submitted titles.
Find it on Amazon
For information from the publisher, see

Cover, The Fast Book This book is written for general readers, and my aim was to take a look at speed, and explore how we find out, and what we know. Here are just a few of the things I played with:

This file is

It was created on February 19, 2008 and last revised October 15, 2021.

If you email me at macinnis at, you will reach a spam trap, but be read, eventually. If you put my first name in front of that address, you will reach me direct. This low-tech solution is to make email harvesting difficult.

The home page of this set is here.

Since I started this site, it has drawn visitors.