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Comparative Biomechanics Life's Physical World

ISBN-10: 0691155666

ISBN-13: 9780691155661

Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Steven Vogel

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Why do you switch from walking to running at a specific speed? Why do tall trees rarely blow over in high winds? And why does a spore ejected into air at seventy miles per hour travel only a fraction of an inch?Comparative Biomechanicsis the first and only textbook that takes a comprehensive look at the mechanical aspects of life--covering animals and plants, structure and movement, and solids and fluids. An ideal entry point into the ways living creatures interact with their immediate physical world, this revised and updated edition examines how the forms and activities of animals and plants reflect the materials available to nature, considers rules for fluid flow and structural design, and explores how organisms contend with environmental forces.Drawing on physics and mechanical engineering, Steven Vogel looks at how animals swim and fly, modes of terrestrial locomotion, organism responses to winds and water currents, circulatory and suspension-feeding systems, and the relationship between size and mechanical design. He also investigates links between the properties of biological materials--such as spider silk, jellyfish jelly, and muscle--and their structural and functional roles. Early chapters and appendices introduce relevant physical variables for quantification, and problem sets are provided at the end of each chapter.Comparative Biomechanicsis useful for physical scientists and engineers seeking a guide to state-of-the-art biomechanics. For a wider audience, the textbook establishes the basic biological context for applied areas--including ergonomics, orthopedics, mechanical prosthetics, kinesiology, sports medicine, and biomimetics--and provides materials for exhibit designers at science museums.Problem sets at the ends of chaptersAppendices cover basic background informationUpdated and expanded documentation and materialsRevised figures and textIncreased coverage of friction, viscoelastic materials, surface tension, diverse modes of locomotion, and biomimetics
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 6/17/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 640
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.740
Language: English