Why Is Animal Size so Important?
By (author) Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
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Scaling by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
Book DescriptionThis book is about the importance of animal size. We tend to think of animal function in chemical terms and talk of water, salts, proteins, enzymes, oxygen, energy, and so on. We should not forget, however, that physical laws are equally important, for they determine rates of diffusion and heat transfer, transfer of force and momentum, the strength of structures, the dynamics of locomotion, and other aspects of the functioning of animal bodies. Physical laws provide possibilities and opportunities for an organism, yet they also impose constraints, setting limits to what is physically possible. This book aims to give an understanding of these rules because of their profound implications when we deal with animals of widely different size and scale. The reader will find that the book raises many questions. Remarkable and puzzling information makes it read a little like a detective story, but the last chapter, instead of giving the final solution, neither answers all questions nor provides one great unifying principle.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521319874
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jul-1984
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.
How Animals Work, Paperback (June 1972)» View all books by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
This book is a little gem; it treats in an authoritative and charming manner a number of physiological and morphological adaptations which animals evolved in coping with certain environmental exigencies....I recommend (this book) to fellow biologists of all ages as one of the better buys of its kind.
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