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The Resource Why size matters : from bacteria to blue whales, John Tyler Bonner

Why size matters : from bacteria to blue whales, John Tyler Bonner

Label
Why size matters : from bacteria to blue whales
Title
Why size matters
Title remainder
from bacteria to blue whales
Statement of responsibility
John Tyler Bonner
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
(Publisher-supplied data) John Tyler Bonner, one of our most distinguished and creative biologists, here offers a completely new perspective on the role of size in biology. In his hallmark friendly style, he explores the universal impact of being the right size. By examining stories ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Gulliver's Travels, he shows that humans have always been fascinated by things big and small. Why then does size always reside on the fringes of science and never on the center stage? Why do biologists and others ponder size only when studying something else--running speed, life span, or metabolism? Why Size Matters, a pioneering book of big ideas in a compact size, gives size its due by presenting a profound yet lucid overview of what we know about its role in the living world. Bonner argues that size really matters--that it is the supreme and universal determinant of what any organism can be and can do. For example, because tiny creatures are subject primarily to forces of cohesion and larger beasts to gravity, a fly can easily walk up a wall, something we humans cannot even begin to imagine doing. Bonner introduces us to size through the giants and dwarfs of human, animal, and plant history and then explores questions including the physics of size as it affects biology, the evolution of size over geological time, and the role of size in the function and longevity of living things. As this elegantly written book shows, size affects life in its every aspect. It is a universal frame from which nothing escapes
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bonner, John Tyler
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Body size
  • Body Size
  • Constitution corporelle
  • NATURE
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • Body size
  • Körpergröße
  • Fysiologi
Label
Why size matters : from bacteria to blue whales, John Tyler Bonner
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First paperback printing 2012"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The evolution of size
  • 5.
  • Size and the division of labor
  • 6.
  • Size and time
  • 7.
  • Envoi
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Preface
  • 1.
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • The human view of size
  • 3.
  • The physics of size
  • 4.
Control code
ocn774293604
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 161 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691128504
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
9780691128504
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/cttz618
  • 696d6264-148e-4c92-a79e-90060e68f39a
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)774293604
Label
Why size matters : from bacteria to blue whales, John Tyler Bonner
Publication
Note
"First paperback printing 2012"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The evolution of size
  • 5.
  • Size and the division of labor
  • 6.
  • Size and time
  • 7.
  • Envoi
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Preface
  • 1.
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • The human view of size
  • 3.
  • The physics of size
  • 4.
Control code
ocn774293604
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 161 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691128504
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
9780691128504
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/cttz618
  • 696d6264-148e-4c92-a79e-90060e68f39a
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)774293604

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