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Description - Human Body Size and the Laws of Scaling by Thomas T. Samaras

Several books have been published on scaling in biology and its ramifications in the animal kingdom. However, none has specifically examined the multifaceted effects of how changes in human height create disproportionately larger changes in weight, surface area, strength and other physiological parameters. Yet, the impact of these non-linear effects on individual humans as well as our world's environment is enormous. Since increasing human body size has widespread ramifications, this book presents findings on the human species and its ecological niche. In biology, an ecological niche' refers to the role played by a species in its community and how the species interacts with its environment. Thus, a few chapters provide an ecological overview of how increasing human body size relates to human evolution, fitness, health, survival and the environment. This book provides a unique purview of the laws of scaling on human performance, health, longevity and the environment. Numerous examples from various research disciplines are used to illustrate the impact of increasing body size on many aspects of human enterprises, including work output, athletics and intellectual performance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781600214080
ISBN-10: 1600214088
Format: Hardback
(180mm x 260mm x mm)
Pages: 380
Imprint: Nova Science Publishers Inc
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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