Principles of Animal Design
The Optimization and Symmorphosis Debate
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Principles of Animal Design by Ewald R. Weibel
Book DescriptionThe book discusses the controversial issue of whether animals are designed according to the same rules that engineers use in building machines, namely that materials and energy are used economically while attempting to achieve a high level of performance. There is considerable scientific controversy surrounding this question because, although there is much evidence suggesting that animals are indeed well designed, evolutionary biology tells us that animals are not 'engineered' but result from evolution by natural selection. This book collates this evidence which is discussed by a group of eminent biologists from many different biological disciplines.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521586672
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ewald R. Weibel
Symmorphosis, Hardback (March 2000)
Are animals designed economically? The author illustrates that morphological information can be as quantitive as physiological data and demonstrates that advanced intergrative physiology depends on quantitative and testable information on structural design.
Principles of Animal Design, Hardback (February 1998)
The book discusses whether animals are designed according to the same rules that engineers use in building machines.
Pathway for Oxygen, Paperback (July 1984)» View all books by Ewald R. Weibel
It is rare for one book to be both a first-rate classroom text and a major contribution to scholarship. "The Pathway for Oxygen" is such a book, offering a new approach to respiratory physiology and morphology that quantitatively links the two.
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