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Author Name:    SCHMIDT-NIELSEN, Knut

Title:   Scaling : Why is animal size so important? Second Printing in dusjacket

Publisher:    Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK), 1985, ISBN:0521266572 

Seller ID:   105707

SCHMIDT-NIELSEN, Knut. Scaling : Why is animal size so important? Cambridge(UK) : Cambridge University Press, (1985). Second Printing. Pp (4),v-xi,(1 ),[1]-241,(3). Illustrated. Index. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "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 theirprofound implications when we deal with animals of widely different size a nd 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 answer s all questions nor provides one great unifying principle. The answers are not always known, and a challenge for the future is to understand why the size of living things is of such fundamental importance." (from the dj). Contents : 1. The size of living things. 2. Problems of size and scale. 3. Theuse of allometry. 4. How to scale eggs. 5. The strength of bones and skele tons. 6. Metabolic rate and body size. 7. Warm-blooded vertebrates: What dometabolic regression equations mean? 8. Organ size and tissue metabolism. 9. How the lungs supply enough oxygen. 10. Blood and gas transport. 11. Heart and circulation. 12. The meaning of time. 13. Animal activity and metabolic scope. 14. Moving on land: running and jumping. 15. Swimming and flying. 16. Body temperature andtemperature regulation. 17. Some important concepts. Very good in dustjacket. 30.00


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