How Animals Work
By (author) Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
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How Animals Work by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
Book DescriptionAn elegant analysis of how animals work and function. Professor Schmidt-Nielsen's incisive account gives a clear understanding of comparative physiology in relation to body size, form and function, energy supply, and environment. The author is concerned with principles. For example, he explains how difficult it may be to lose heat and water from the respiratory tract. This leads to a consideration of the mechanism of panting as a means of heat loss. The author describes the centuries-old problem of how birds breathe, which now has been solved in his laboratory. He then discusses energy expenditure for swimming, running, and flying, and the effects of activity on heat balance. The ability of mammals to maintain different parts of the body at different temperatures is explained on the basis of counter-current heat exchange; a related mechanism permits the fast-swimming tuna to enjoy some of the advantages of being warm-blooded. The problems raised by being small in size, or large, are considered in detail. It is shown that many physiological variables can be placed on a scale which permits the derivation of non-dimensional numbers to describe the interrelations between different parameters. This interesting and stimulating account was written primarily for students, but since it brings together and synthesizes much new and up-to-date information it will interest all biologists and physiologists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521096928
(216mm x 138mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-1972
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
Comparative Physiology, Paperback (June 2011)
This 1978 volume contains papers from contributors to the Third International Conference on Comparative physiology.
Comparative Physiology: Primitive Mammals, Paperback (June 2009)
This book attempts to dispel the widely held notion that 'primitive' animals are less advanced or less complex than the 'non-primitive'.
Animal Physiology, Hardback (April 1997)
New edition of the acclaimed and stimulating textbook, with fully revised text, references and illustrations.
Scaling, Paperback (July 1984)» View all books by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
This book is about the importance of animal size.
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