Scaling Why Is Animal Size So Important?
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This 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…
Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/27/1984
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.59" tall
|The size of living things|
|Problems of size and scale|
|The use of allometry|
|How to scale eggs|
|The strength of bones and skeletons|
|Metabolic rate and body size|
|Warm-blooded vertebrates: what do metabolic regression equations mean?|
|Organ size and tissue metabolism|
|How the lungs supply enough oxygen|
|Blood and gas transport|
|Heart and circulation|
|The meaning of time|
|Animal activity and metabolic scope|
|Moving on land: running and jumping|
|Swimmng and flying|
|Body temperature and temperature regulation|
|Some important concepts|