Scaling Why Is Animal Size So Important?

ISBN-10: 0521319870

ISBN-13: 9780521319874

Edition: 1984

Authors: Knut Schmidt-Nielsen

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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 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 details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/27/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
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
Appendixes
References
Index
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