Scaling: Why Is Animal Size so Important?

Full Title Scaling: Why Is Animal Size so Important?
ISBN 0521319870
ISBN13 9780521319874
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Authors Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
Edition New Edition

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 their profound implications when we deal with animals of widely different size and 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 answers all questions nor provides one great unifying principle.

Dimensions 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)
Subjects Biology - General & Miscellaneous
Biology - Developmental


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