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Title Glimpses of Creatures in Their Physical Worlds / Steven Vogel.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2009]


 Internet  Electronic Book    AVAILABLE
Edition Course book.
Description 1 online resource (320 pages) : illustrations
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
In English.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed October 27 2015).
Subject Biophysics.
Science -- Life Sciences -- Biophysics.
Science -- Life Sciences -- Developmental Biology.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Chapter One. Two Ways to Move Material -- Chapter Two. The Bioballistics of Small Projectiles -- Chapter Three. Getting Up to Speed -- Chapter Four. Moving Heat Around -- Chapter Five. Maintaining Temperature -- Chapter Six. Gravity and Life in the Air -- Chapter Seven. Gravity and Life on the Ground -- Chapter Eight. Gravity and Life in Water -- Chapter Nine. Making and Maintaining Liquid Water -- Chapter Ten. Pumping Fluids through Conduits -- Chapter Eleven. To Twist or Bend When Stressed -- Chapter Twelve. Keeping Up Upward and Down Downward -- List of Symbols -- References and Index of Citations -- Index.
Summary Glimpses of Creatures in Their Physical Worlds offers an eye-opening look into how the characteristics of the physical world drive the designs of animals and plants. These characteristics impose limits but also create remarkable and subtle opportunities for the functional biology of organisms. In particular, Steven Vogel examines the size and scale, and trade-offs among different physical processes. He pays attention to how the forms and activities of animals and plants reflect the materials available to nature, and he explores the unique constraints and possibilities provided by fluid flow, structural design, and environmental forces. Each chapter of the book investigates a facet of the physical world, including the drag on small projectiles; the importance of diffusion and convection; the size-dependence of acceleration; the storage, conduction, and dissipation of heat; the relationship among pressure, flow, and choice in biological pumps; and how elongate structures tune their relative twistiness and bendiness. Vogel considers design-determining factors all too commonly ignored, and builds a bridge between the world described by physics books and the reality experienced by all creatures. Glimpses of Creatures in Their Physical Worlds contains a wealth of accessible information related to functional biology, and requires little more than a basic background in secondary-school science and mathematics. Drawing examples from creatures of land, air, and water, the book demonstrates the many uses of biological diversity and how physical forces impact biological organisms.