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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 eually important for they determine rates of diffusion and heat transfer transfer of force and momentum the streng Readable lively popular science look at the impact of area being a suare while volume is a cube function Spoils the credibility of giant insects from the B movies of the 60s but worth it
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Th 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 implic In this brief but vastly informative book Schmidt Nielsen lays out several underlying principles which seem to control animal size from the smallest shrugs to the largest whales The book is extremely entertaining aside from informative and has aged well it is over thirty years old It barely reuires mathematics and Schmidt Nielsen ensures that the reader understands what he is getting at so it is suitable for a wide audience While pertaining to the five kingdoms of vertebrates and some invertebrates the book s focus is mainly on mammals with some information about birds and fish as reptiles amphibians and invertebrates are generally much harder to study Overall a very recommended read
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Ations when we deal with animals of widely different size and scale The reader will find that the book raises many uestions 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 uestions nor provides one great unifying principle Locomotion chapters were great