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The Resource Life's Devices : The Physical World of Animals and Plants, Steven Vogel

Life's Devices : The Physical World of Animals and Plants, Steven Vogel

Label
Life's Devices : The Physical World of Animals and Plants
Title
Life's Devices
Title remainder
The Physical World of Animals and Plants
Statement of responsibility
Steven Vogel
Creator
Author
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This entertaining and informative book describes how living things bump up against non-biological reality. "My immodest aim," says the author, "is to change how you view your immediate surroundings." He asks us to wonder about the design of plants and animals around us: why a fish swims more rapidly than a duck can paddle, why healthy trees more commonly uproot than break, how a shark manages with such a flimsy skeleton, or how a mouse can easily survive a fall onto any surface from any height. The book will not only fascinate the general reader but will also serve as an introductory survey of biomechanics. On one hand, organisms cannot alter the earth's gravity, the properties of water, the compressibility of air, or the behavior of diffusing molecules. On the other, such physical factors form both constraints with which the evolutionary process must contend and opportunities upon which it might capitalize. Life's Devices includes examples from every major group of animals and plants, with references to recent work, with illustrative problems, and with suggestions of experiments that need only common household materials
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DEGRU
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Vogel, Steven
Government publication
other
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Index
no index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Biomechanics
  • Biophysics
  • Dendraster
  • Dineutes
  • Halobates
  • Halosaccion
  • Hydra
  • Luna
  • Macronema
  • Metridium
  • Mimosa
  • Nereocystis
  • Pilobolus
  • Potamodytes
  • Quetelet
  • Velcro
  • abductin;Halosaccion;albumin;airfoils;Antheraea;Argyronetes;Ascaris;axonal transport;bending;Bombyx
  • capillary
  • centroid
  • continuity
  • creeks
  • cyclosis
  • detergent
  • echinoderms
  • fabrics
  • fiberglass
  • foraminifera
  • frameworks
  • gait
  • jellyfish
  • kneecap
  • oak tree
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology
  • Biomechanics
  • Biophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Biomechanics
  • Biophysique
  • Biomécanique
  • Biophysics
  • Biomécanique
  • Biophysique
Target audience
specialized
Label
Life's Devices : The Physical World of Animals and Plants, Steven Vogel
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-352) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Viscosity and flow
  • 7. Pressure and flow
  • 8. Diffusion versus convection
  • 9. A matter of materials
  • 10. A matter of materials
  • 11. Insinuations about curves
  • 12. Systems of support
  • 13. The mechanics of motility
  • 14. Staying put and getting away
  • 15. Energy and afterthoughts
  • Frontmatter
  • Appendix 1. Notes on numbers
  • Appendix 2. Problems and demonstrations
  • List of symbols
  • References and index of citations
  • Subject Index
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Constraints and opportunities
  • 2. A variety of variables
  • 3. Size and Shape
  • 4. Dimensions, gradients, and summations
  • 5. Gases and liquids
Control code
on1153486830
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691209494
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9780691209494
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvx6tr70
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1153486830
Label
Life's Devices : The Physical World of Animals and Plants, Steven Vogel
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-352) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Viscosity and flow
  • 7. Pressure and flow
  • 8. Diffusion versus convection
  • 9. A matter of materials
  • 10. A matter of materials
  • 11. Insinuations about curves
  • 12. Systems of support
  • 13. The mechanics of motility
  • 14. Staying put and getting away
  • 15. Energy and afterthoughts
  • Frontmatter
  • Appendix 1. Notes on numbers
  • Appendix 2. Problems and demonstrations
  • List of symbols
  • References and index of citations
  • Subject Index
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Constraints and opportunities
  • 2. A variety of variables
  • 3. Size and Shape
  • 4. Dimensions, gradients, and summations
  • 5. Gases and liquids
Control code
on1153486830
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691209494
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9780691209494
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvx6tr70
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1153486830

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