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Engineering animals : how life works, Mark Denny, Alan McFadzean

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Engineering animals : how life works
Title
Engineering animals
Title remainder
how life works
Statement of responsibility
Mark Denny, Alan McFadzean
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Contributor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From an engineer's perspective, how do specialized adaptations among living things really work? In this book the authors offer a look at animals, including humans, as works of evolutionary engineering, each adapted to a specific manner of survival whether that means spinning webs or flying across continents or hunting in the dark, or writing books. The alarm calls of birds make them difficult for predators to locate, while the howl of wolves and the croak of bullfrogs are designed to carry across long distances. From an engineer's perspective, how do such specialized adaptations among living things really work? And how does physics constrain evolution, channeling it in particular directions? This particular book, containing more than a hundred illustrations, conveys the physical principles underlying animal structure and behavior. Pigeons, for instance, when understood as marvels of engineering, are flying remote sensors: they have wideband acoustical receivers, hi-res optics, magnetic sensing, and celestial navigation. Albatrosses expend little energy while traveling across vast southern oceans, by exploiting a technique known to glider pilots as dynamic soaring. Among insects, one species of fly can locate the source of a sound precisely, even though the fly itself is much smaller than the wavelength of the sound it hears. And that big-brained, upright Great Ape? Evolution has equipped us to figure out an important fact about the natural world: that there is more to life than engineering, but no life at all without it
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Denny, Mark
Dewey number
591.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QP31.2
LC item number
.D46 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McFadzean, Alan
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Physiology
  • Animals
  • Animal ecophysiology
Label
Engineering animals : how life works, Mark Denny, Alan McFadzean
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
pt. 1. Structure and movement. Go with the flow ; Structural engineering : the bare bones ; A moving experience ; A mind of its own ; Built for life ; Simple complexity : emergent behavior -- pt. 2. Remote sensing. A chemical universe ; Sound ideas ; Animal sonar ; Seeing the light ; There and back again : animal navigation ; Talk to the animals
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 385 p.
Isbn
9780674048546
Lccn
2010051355
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 3935002-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3935002
  • (Sirsi) i9780674048546
Label
Engineering animals : how life works, Mark Denny, Alan McFadzean
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
pt. 1. Structure and movement. Go with the flow ; Structural engineering : the bare bones ; A moving experience ; A mind of its own ; Built for life ; Simple complexity : emergent behavior -- pt. 2. Remote sensing. A chemical universe ; Sound ideas ; Animal sonar ; Seeing the light ; There and back again : animal navigation ; Talk to the animals
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 385 p.
Isbn
9780674048546
Lccn
2010051355
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 3935002-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3935002
  • (Sirsi) i9780674048546

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