Scaling : why is animal size so important?

Knut Schmidt-Nielsen

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.

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  • Preface
  • 1. The size of living things
  • 2. Problems of size and scale
  • 3. The use of allometry
  • 4. How to scale eggs
  • 5. The strength of bones and skeletons
  • 6. Metabolic rate and body size
  • 7. Warm-blooded vertebrates: what do metabolic regression equations mean?
  • 8. Organ size and tissue metabolism
  • 9. How the lungs supply enough oxygen
  • 10. Blood and gas transport
  • 11. Heart and circulation
  • 12. The meaning of time
  • 13. Animal activity and metabolic scope
  • 14. Moving on land: running and jumping
  • 15. Swimmng and flying
  • 16. Body temperature and temperature regulation
  • 17. Some important concepts
  • Appendixes
  • References
  • Index.

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書名 Scaling : why is animal size so important?
著作者等 Schmidt-Nielsen, Knut
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1984
ページ数 xi, 241 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521319870
NCID BA01422780
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス