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The Resource Nature's machines : an introduction to organismal biomechanics, by David E. Alexander

Nature's machines : an introduction to organismal biomechanics, by David E. Alexander

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Nature's machines : an introduction to organismal biomechanics
Title
Nature's machines
Title remainder
an introduction to organismal biomechanics
Statement of responsibility
by David E. Alexander
Title variation
Introduction to organismal biomechanics
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Nature's Machines: An Introduction to Organismal Biomechanics presents the fundamental principles of biomechanics of animals and plants in a concise, accessible way while maintaining necessary rigor. Frequently encountered, basic concepts such as stress and strain, Young's modulus, force coefficients, viscosity, and Reynolds number are introduced in early chapters in a format as self-contained as possible, making them quickly available for learning and as a refresher. More sophisticated, integrative concepts such as viscoelasticity, properties of hydrostats, or mechanics of walking and running are covered in the later chapters, where they draw on information from multiple earlier sections of the book. Animal and plant biomechanics is now a common research area widely acknowledged by organismal biologists to have broad relevance. Most of the day-to-day activities of an animal involve mechanical processes, and to the extent that organisms are shaped by adaptive evolution, many of those adaptations are constrained and channelized by mechanical properties; the similarity in body shape of a porpoise and a tuna is no coincidence. Nonspecialists may feel that they have an intuitive understanding of many of the mechanical processes that affect animals and plants, but careful biomechanical analyses often yield counterintuitive results. For example, soft, squishy kelp may be better at withstanding pounding waves during storms than hard-shelled mollusks; really small swimmers might benefit from being spherical rather than streamlined; our bones can operate without breaking for decades, whereas steel surgical implants exhibit fatigue failures in a few months if not fully supported by bone. Making sense of these unexpected observations requires an understanding of fundamental biomechanical principles, and this short introduction provides just this needed information. Key features: Provides an introductory presentation of the everyday mechanical challenges faced by animals and plants; Offers biologists or engineers a background in biomechanics, whether to better understand the research literature or to explore the possibility of using biomechanics approaches in their own work; Suitable for use as required reading for advanced undergraduate or graduate student courses or seminars in biomechanics or supplemental reading in other science and engineering courses."--Page 4 of cover
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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1955-
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Alexander, David E.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH513
LC item number
.A44 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Biomechanics
  • Animal mechanics
  • Plant mechanics
  • Animal mechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Plant mechanics
Label
Nature's machines : an introduction to organismal biomechanics, by David E. Alexander
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-170) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction and physics review -- Solid materials -- Fluid biomechanics -- Biological materials blur boundaries -- Systems and scaling -- Organismal versus technological design
Control code
983822787
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 189 pages
Isbn
9780128044049
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)983822787
Label
Nature's machines : an introduction to organismal biomechanics, by David E. Alexander
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-170) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction and physics review -- Solid materials -- Fluid biomechanics -- Biological materials blur boundaries -- Systems and scaling -- Organismal versus technological design
Control code
983822787
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 189 pages
Isbn
9780128044049
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)983822787

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