Principles of Animal Locomotion by R.McNeill Alexander
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Principles of Animal Locomotion
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Principles of Animal Locomotion

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Principles of Animal Locomotion by R.McNeill Alexander

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How can geckoes walk on the ceiling and basilisk lizards run over water? What are the aerodynamic effects that enable small insects to fly? What are the relative merits of squids' jet-propelled swimming and fishes' tail-powered swimming? Why do horses change gait as they increase speed? What determines our own vertical leap? Recent technical advances have greatly increased researchers' ability to answer these questions with certainty and in detail. This text provides an up-to-date overview of how animals run, walk, jump, crawl, swim, soar, hover, and fly. Excluding only the tiny creatures that use cilia, it covers all animals that power their movements with muscle--from roundworms to whales, clams to elephants, and gnats to albatrosses. The introduction sets out the general rules governing all modes of animal locomotion and considers the performance criteria--such as speed, endurance, and economy--that have shaped their selection. It introduces energetics and optimality as basic principles. The text then tackles each of the major modes by which animals move on land, in water, and through air. It explains the mechanisms involved and the physical and biological forces shaping those mechanisms, paying particular attention to energy costs. Focusing on general principles but extensively discussing a wide variety of individual cases, this is a superb synthesis of current knowledge about animal locomotion. It will be enormously useful to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and a range of professional biologists, physicists, and engineers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691126340
ISBN-10: 0691126348
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Energy for Animal Life by R.McNeill Alexander Energy for Animal Life, Paperback (January 1999)

Addresses topics using examples from throughout the animal kingdom, looking for parallels that transcend taxonomy. This book is about how animals get energy, and how they use it, a central topic in our understanding of animal biology. It draws on examples from a range of animal species, and includes practical information on relevant experiments.

Optima for Animals by R.McNeill Alexander Optima for Animals, Paperback (November 1996)

Optimization theory is designed to find the best ways of doing things. This work shows how extraordinarily diverse branches of biology are illuminated by the powerful methods of optimization theory. It also explains the mathematics involved, with biology students in mind. It is also useful for professionals, ranging from teachers to researchers.

Dynamics of Dinosaurs by R.McNeill Alexander Dynamics of Dinosaurs, Paperback (March 1991)

How did the larger dinosaurs run? How and why did they fight? The author applies laws of physics, mechanical engineering and aerodynamics to answer these and other questions.

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Author Biography - R.McNeill Alexander

R. McNeill Alexander is Emeritus Professor of Zoology at the University of Leeds and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Optima for Animals" (Princeton), as well as the award-winning CD-ROM "How Animals Move".

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